ANN KALGAARD ASHBY
October 17, 1923 – February 18, 2019
Ann grew up near Conrad, Montana. Her parents immigrated from Norway to the U.S. in 1914. Ann moved to Los Angeles around 1941, then moved north to attend the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a degree in psychology in 1950. She met her beloved husband Val Jean Ashby at Berkeley in 1947 and they married in 1948. Val passed in 2004.
Ann and Val moved to Northridge, California in 1960, in the northwest corner of Los Angeles. Ann worked as a special education teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for about twenty-five years. Ann earned her masters degree in Special Education in the late 1960s at California State University at Northridge.
Ann is survived by her sons Craig and Steven. Her youngest son, David, passed in 2014. She is survived by her granddaughters Wyatt and Evangelina, children of Steven and C.J. Hawking, and by grandson Jonathon, child of David and Debbie Ashby. She is survived by her sister Clara who resides in Shelby, Montana. Her other sisters, whom Ann loved dearly, have all passed: Dorothy, Ellen, Helen, Margaret, and Martha; as has her brother Oscar.
Ann adored her family, gardening, arts and crafts, her dogs, her Norwegian heritage, hiking, skiing, and Yosemite National Park.
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