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Ashley Nicole  Kisselburgh

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BORN: Wednesday September 11, 1991
DIED: Thursday January 24, 2013


Tuesday January 29, 2013
2:00 PM
Holy Trinity by the Lake Episcopal Church
1524 Smirl Drive
Heath, TX   75032



We celebrate the life of Ashley Nicole Kisselburgh who was born on September 11, 1991 to Robert and Julianne Kisselburgh. For 21 years, Ashley lived life to the fullest. She always wanted to test things herself, to push herself to new limits, and to check off another item on her bucket list of life, as long as it did not have anything to do with sharks.

Ashley knew who she was, who she wanted to be, and marched proudly to the beat of her own drum. She was an artist, a storyteller, a lover of music and poetry, a non-judgmental friend, and a confidant.

She leaves behind an incredible legacy as someone who loved people fiercely. She lived her favorite quote of “open arms and open eyes.” She stood up for what she believed in and defended her beliefs. Whether you were white, black, brown, straight or gay, Ashley did not care. She judged only on the goodness of your heart and how you treated others. She made each of us find the better in others and ourselves.

We will never be able to understand or put a reason to why God called Ashley home so early. While we won’t be able to see her graduate in December from Sam Houston State University, we won’t be able to see her find that special person to share her life with, we won’t be able to see her become the mother of her own children, and we won’t be able to hear her laughter or see that infectious smile walk through the door, each of us has a lifetime of Ashley memories that we can forever cherish. She made each of us a better person and we are better for having Ashley in our life.

She continues to share her light with her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, extended family and friends too numerous to mention. Each of you know the place she had in your heart and it is now our time to see if we can fill the void she has left. But take some peace in knowing she is in a better place and free spirited as ever, looking down on each and everyone one of you, mothering and worrying over you as she did here on Earth.

So Grandpa Roy, Grandpa David, and Aunt Kathleen, we hope you take care of our angel Ashley and whatever you do, don’t let her back up the driveway of heaven, as she most assuredly will knock over the Pearly Gates. God Rest Your Soul Sweet Ashley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity by the Lake Episcopal Church - Youth Mission Trips, 1524 Smirl Drive, Heath, TX 75032 or to Gay-Straight Alliance at

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I have just learned of Ashley's passing. Ashley was literally the first student I met when I became an art teacher at Heath High School. The band was having selectionals and her section was in my classroom. Ashley spoke to me and made me feel welcome. She was in my AP Art class and was an amazingly talented young lady. I loved her for her free spirit, sense of self and sense of humor. Ashley came by to see me when she found out I was retiring from teaching, such a thoughtful young lady.

Ashley has left behind many memories for me and I am sending prayers for her family.

Sent by: Peggy Hopper



I just learned of your loss today.  I am so very sorry.  I know when I worked with you your office was full of your family pictures and you always just lit up when you talked about your children.  I learned very quickly what a proud father you were.  I know you will miss your daughter Ashley so much.  I am thinking of you and your entire family at this most difficult and sad time.

Sent by: Lynn Martin



Throughout middle school and high school band, we were all a team, part of one. I know we had a different group of friends, but figuratively we went through our teenage years (the best years of our lives) together. Corpus Christi, Branson, New York City and Carnegie Hall, we were right there as a team. Danza, In Pursuit of Angels, Wicked, and The Range. Remember how much we practiced? And how proud we would be at the end of every marching band competition? I appreciate everything you brought to the class of 2010 at Rockwall- Heath High School and to everybody you made contact with in general. I would say you will be missed, but you won't, because you're not gone. I know you're right here watching over us. Thank you for the best years of a lot of your friend's lives.

See you in Heaven buddy. 

Sent by: David Contreras


Robert and Family,

My heart goes out to you and your family.  I was remembering a conversation you and I had at church discussing Ashley and my son.  I walked away knowing Ashley was a special person who loved life and was loved by her family and everyone that met her. 

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. 

Sent by: Nancy Evans


Julianne, Cody and family-

It is with such great sadness that we heard that Ashley had been taken to heaven so young.  Our thoughts, prayers and tears are with you at this time.  Ashley was such as bright light in any room she was in with her beautiful smile.  I will always treasure all the nights spent at karate for all those years and later with the time we spent with her in the RHHS band family.  We will never forget such a wonderful spirit as Ashley's. 

Sent by: Sherry, Lonnie, Walker, Austin & Collin Mask


Sunday was an amazing day, as the friends filled the room you could just feel the calming effect as they celebrated Ashley's life. I was in band with her and she was an amazing player. I never got the chance to really get to know her but her spirit was bright. When we talked in band she was always happy and smiley. If you were in a down mood she could make you giggle and look at the world differently.  She brought such joy to band and she will never be forgotten. Her spirit is among each of us and anyone she ever met. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Sent by: Lambe family


Julianne, Robert, Christopher and Cody,  May God give you peace and strength to carry you through this ordeal.  Know that God has Ashley in his tender, loving arms.  God is never ready for Angels this soon, but his love and grace helps us bear burdens we didn't ask for.   Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you.

Sent by: Larry and Robyn Flowers


I'll always remember Ashley with a smile and I am so honored to be her friend.

We have been together through playing hide and go seek (and getting stuck), eating tubs and tubs of cookie dough, girls nights, getting locked out of her house, birthday parties, band competitions, pool parties, and going to the cabin.

Just one of my favorite memories was at a girl's night at Anne's house. Ashley had fallen asleep with her hand facing palm up. We decided to put whipped cream on her hand and tried to tickle her. When Georgia went to the side of the bed and tickeled her, Ashley sleep-slapped Georgia so hard that Georgia fell over!

We grew up together and learned about life. She was a beautiful person who had such a big heart ! We laughed, cried, and shared life. Your family will be in my prayers.

Sent by: Lindsay La Rosa


It is with great sadness that I write to the Kisselburgh family.  Ashley was such an ideal third grader.  Always sweet, always smiling, always doing her best. She was so talented and gifted.  I know you will forever feel the loss of your precious daughter, sister and granddaughter. I will remember Ashley with great fondness. I will always see her sweet smile and remember her sweet spirit. May the Lord bless you and strenghten you during this difficult time.

Sent by: Lisa Williams



 Words can't come close to understanding the reasons and whys tragedies of this nature occur.  Condolences to you and your family.

Sent by: Ron Lane


Julieanne and family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you embark on this journey called grief.  I hope that you each will feel Ashley's love in your own special way, and that you will find support and love in one another and your friends.

Sent by: Suzanne Babb


Kisselburgh Family,

It was such and honor and blessing to have taught Ashley in band for 4 years.  She was such a sweet and talented young lady.  She was a leader and friend to so many people.  The band hall was FILLED on Sunday with students who love her.  It was such a great site to see all the caring young adults support Ashley.  She truly has touched so many lives.  


Sent by: Tami Thornton


How can we begin to say how deep the grief for Ashley is. She was lovely, inside and out. The world will be less without her. She will be missed profoundly until we join her. We are praying, thinking,and hoping, that you will one day have peace. There will be a day when we too will cross that river of life, and she will turn to us and say," Oh, there you are". We are all only a minute behind. All our love.

Sent by: The Prochaska Family


Robert and family,

Words are woefully inadequate to express the hurt we are feeling for you.  Our hearts break for, and with you.  We know God's grace is sufficient and His ability to heal is powerful.  It is our prayer that you feel His arms around you and your family as you all seek answers and peace.

Sent by: Tim and Leslie Reynolds


Dear Robert, Liz, Marvis, Julie Ann, Mike and families,

There are no words to adequately fill the void in your life or cover the heartbreak you feel.  Please know that Scott and I and all our family are greiving with you and lifting up prayers of comfort and God's abundant love for each of you.

Heaven is a sweeter place with your Ashley there today and I hope that you can fill your mind with all the wonderful memories of her young life.  I know she would want you to cherish every day of laughter and the good times your dear family shared.

With all my love and prayers,

Sent by: Dee Goist


I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious daughter and granddaughter.  My prayers are with you all.

Sent by: Jean Gustafson


The angels looked down from heaven one night They searched for miles afar, And deep within the distance They could see a shining star. They knew that very instant That the star was theirs to gain, So they took you up to heaven Forever to remain. Look down on us from heaven Keep us free from hurt and pain, You'll always be within my heart Until we meet again. Ashley remains in our hearts. God blessed us with her laughter, smile, talent, warmth, love and effervescent spirit. We love you Ashley!

Sent by: Jennifer, Barry, Austin, Chase and Jackson Ryan


My prayers & thoughts are with you & your family during this time.

Sent by: Karla Dean


As a teacher at Rockwall-Heath High School, I never had the privilege of having Ashley in class, but interacted with her on several occasions and taught some of her close friends.  She had an infectious smile and kept amazing company; and it is apparent that she was very much loved by her family and friends.  I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family peace and comfort as you celebrate Ashley's life.  I love the wording of her obituary--it captures what must have been her fun and spunky spirit, which is a beautiful tribute to her upbringing.  God Bless you all.

Sent by: Leah Voth


Dear Marvis,

To lose a daughter and now a grandaughter tells me that God knows you can handle it and turn their lives into blessings for those who knew and loved them both.

My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Much love and sympathy and prayers for peace and acceptance.

Sent by: Leigh Plagens


Robert and Family -

Our hearts are deeply saddened by your loss.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go forward from today.


Sent by: Lonnie and Jaye McGuire

I am so sorry for all of Ashely's family and extended family on the  loss of this fine young woman.  She will be forever with you all, in the good memories left.

Praying for God's comfort for all.

Sent by: Lori Wright



Words are inadequate.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  

Sent by: Nell Welborn


Julieanne, Robert, Liz, Chris and Cody,

Our family is  lifting up your names to heaven for strength as you all begin grieving for Ashley.  When we think of Ashley we think of her love for  knowledge, reading, swimming, Christmas, animals, technology, band, church missions, Girl Scouts, and so much more.  What sticks out in our minds the most about Ashley  was her free spirit and how she was accepting, compassionate, tolerant, and loved everyone no matter what. Rest in peace sweet Ashley. 

Deepest Sympathy to all who knew and loved Ashley.

James, Fonn, Brandon, Aaron and Carson Lee

Sent by: The Lee Family


Robert, Liz, Julieann and family---Prayers are offered for strength to stand through this, comfort for the tears and broken hearts, and peace in the end for all.  God bless!!  gej

Sent by: Grace E. Johnson


Our hearts go out to the entire family.  I don't have words to describe our feelings.  You all will be in our prayers.                                

Sent by: Joseph & Floralee Zelaznik


All our love and sympathy to the entire Kisselburgh family.  Rest in peace Ashley.

Sent by: The Urban Family

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