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Tabetha “Tabby” Ashley

Tabetha "Tabby" Ashley


Tabetha “Tabby” Lynn Ashley, 52, of Sparta, IL, formerly of Tilden, IL; Born on January 26, 1969 in Sparta, IL; passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at home.

Tabby worked for Hallcon Transportation as a rail crew transport driver.  She enjoyed playing softball and continued to play for many years after school.  Tabby loved to do arts and crafts.  It always put a smile on her face when she could make cookies with her grandkids.  One of the most delicious meals Tabby made that her kids enjoyed was her famous cheese omelets.  She was always there for her family through thick and thin.

She is survived by her loving husband – Bruce Ashley to whom she married on December 27, 2018; mother – Linda (Boyet) Foster; six children –  Codie (Bethany) Basse of Germantown, IL, Laci Little of Tilden, IL, Jami Cobb of Sparta, IL, Jennifer Lyn Ashley of Bonne Terre, MO, Shania Marie White of Sparta, IL, Martina Renee Ashley of Anna, IL;   four grandchildren – Emily Basse of Germantown, IL, Myles White of Sparta, IL, Cameron White of Sparta, IL, and Kade Sherwood of Anna, IL; two grandchildren to be born – Kolbie Basse and Harper Sommer; one brother – Steven (Lisa) Reitz of Coulterville, IL; other relatives and friends.

Tabby was preceded in death by her infant daughter – Brittny Basse and father – Robert “Bob” Prest.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Randolph County Humane Society or Ronald McDonald House.

Online condolences may be expressed at

The visitation for Tabby will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, Illinois.

Interment will be held at Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.

Heil – Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Mitzi and Jim Stricklin says:

    I will really miss her bringing her employees in the clinic where I got to meet her.She was always smiling and I love kidding her.A wonderful person. Sending hugs and prayers to the family.

  2. DeDe says:

    My sincere, heartfelt condolences to Tabby’s Family. It was obvious on FB how proud of a mama & grandma she was! It’s still so hard to believe for all of her childhood classmates, so I know your hearts are hurting. Prayers for peace. Much love from Arizona

  3. Perry Brooks says:

    Sorry for your loss, known Tabby for many years, met her in the 70s at Bingo,Prayers for you all, God Bless you all

  4. Julie Kralemann says:

    So Sorry for your loss! We are praying for you and the family!

  5. Teresa says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family Bruce. May God wrap His loving arms around you all and comfort you in this sad time.

    With thoughts and prayers,

  6. Bob and Janice Taylor says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Andrea Lewis says:

    Tabetha was a complete sweetheart and was always willing to take a trip with her job. She will be very missed. Blessings and peace to the family and everyone who knew her.

  8. Denise Adams says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Bruce and the entire family on the loss of your loved one, Tabby. Don & Denise Adams

  9. Elizabeth (Liz) Mees and Family says:

    Taken to soon from this world, Tabby will be greatly missed, leaving behind more than just a few broken hearts. Tabby was a great friend and co-worker, she was always there to lend a hand with a bright smile and a sassy personality. Tabby will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Deepest sympathy warmest regards to those who Knew Tabby and where left behind.

  10. Lela Gillespie Neisler says:

    My sympathy to Linda, as I remember when Tabby was born. I think often of Shelia and Bob. My sympathy to Bruce as I was a good friend of Joyce’s and she passed much too soon.

    • Byron and Lu Bollmeier says:

      Linda, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

      • Crystal kempfer says:

        We are so sorry, you have our deepest condolescences. Prayers for All. Jerry & Crystal

  11. Natalie Hand says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. She always had a smile and kind word when we spoke. Loved her family beyond measure.
    Our deepest condolences 💐
    Natalie Hand

  12. Earl and Temple Linnertz says:

    Her beautiful smile said it all… So very sorry. We are sending all our love and prayers.

  13. Kim Klausing says:

    Tabby was a fun loving classmate of mine. Truly a good hearted small town girl but stood her ground. It’s been a cpl of yrs since I talked to her but she bragged about her kids an gbabies. She was very proud of them! I will be thinking of her Family through this difficult time. Fly High Friend💗

  14. Gina Shockley Fisher says:

    Bruce and Family of Tabby, You all have our sincere sympathy. We will hold you all in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. Gina and Jimmy Fisher

    • Dwaine Mcdonald and family says:

      Was a great friend strong leader and determined women . It did matter if it was driving to get crews to their locations to pushing hiring for our company , she was going to be the best . She pushed me to get things and keep me on my toes . I am blessed and proud to have made the acquaintance of Tabby. You may have only known me for a short time But you have forever touched my heart . God bless. Rest In Peace

  15. LaDonna Laramore says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your momma’s passing, we send our condolences to you and your family! She was so proud of her kids and her grand babies.
    Much love to you

  16. Larry McGuire says:

    Bruce and family, I am sorry for your loss.

  17. Lynn and Loren and girls says:

    We share your loss with our love. The Schmierbach’s.

  18. Nona Shaw says:

    She had a smile that would stop a Mac truck and a heart of gold and came into my life when I was only twelve years old… She left her imprint on all our lives..My deepest condolences for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend. I will miss her. She called me Aunt Nona but I called her friend. ♥️♥️♥️

    • Denise Dorf says:

      Linda, Bruce, and children I am so very sorry to hear of Tabby’s passing. What a sweet girl and such a great smile! She was an avid reader and I always looked forward to seeing her when she came into the library to check out books. She will be missed. God bless you all.

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