'SHE WAS A WARRIOR WITH OR WITHOUT HER UNIFORM'
Lynn Ashley, formerly Marilyn Frances Haynes, daughter of Frank F. and Cleo M. Haynes, was born November 18, 1920 in Rock Island, Ill. She was the sister of William M. Haynes who died of cancer in January, 1955. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, IA in 1938. From there she moved to Chicago, Il to be with her mother until her death in 1943. She remained in Chicago and worked there for Douglas Aircraft as a riveter and with other companies until she enlisted in the WAC in December, 1943. She served as an AirWAC in Carlsbad, NM, assigned to the 8th Air Force. She scheduled aircraft for training missions flown by cadets learning to be bombardiers. In 1946 she was honorably discharged from the Air Force.
She returned to Chicago where she lived and worked until her marriage to Edward M. Ashley of Gary, IN in 1946. In 1952 Lynn and Ed moved to the Cincinnati area where Ed was employed by General Electric Co. She has four surviving children Edward, Jr.(spouse Lan Ashley), Ann (spouse Everett Rice) , Rebecca (spouse Gary Pocisk), and William Ashley, 11 grandchildren and 7 great- grand children. Lynn worked as a volunteer with young people in her community of Forest Park, OH and with the Presbyterian Church.
In 1977 she enrolled as a student in the then University Without Walls now known as the Union Institute and received a BS degree in Social Psychology in 1978. In the fall of 1978 she enrolled in a Masters Program at the University of Cincinnati and received her MA degree in Educational Foundations in 1979. She chose to continue her education and in 1985 earned a Doctorate in Education.
In 1979 she became involved with a company which had developed educational, behavioral change programs for criminal offenders. She continued working with this company through her educational endeavors while also serving 4 years on Forest Park City Council. She became president of NCTI, the company she had developed and continued to work with criminal offenders. Lynn was a mother and wife, married 56 years to Ed Ashley. She was also an educator, counselor, trainer, and an inspiration to many who knew her. She became an advocate for women veterans recognizing the need for the service of women in the military to be kept in the forefront of history. She was a charter member of WIMSA(Women in Military Service for America) and active in registering women veterans and women currently serving in the military for the memorial which WIMSA constructed in Washington, DC. Lynn was inducted into the Ohio Veterans' Hall of Fame in 1999. She was an active member of the WAC Veterans Association. She became a member of American Legion Post #644, an all woman post, one of about 8 in the country and was a life member of AMVETS.
In 2010 Lynn drafted Resolution 10-1 on behalf of the Greater Cincinnati Women's American Legion Post 644. The purpose of this resolution was to request the repeal of the Dept of Defense's policy as it related to the assignment of women in combat situations, such as Iraq and Afganistan; requesting that these women be recognized as combat veterans and that they receive all benefits associated with that classification. The resolution was passed at the American Legions National Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin and later adopted by the National Executive Committee of the American Legion. In 2011 she was the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the VA Medical Center. She also became involved in the Hornets Breakfast Group.
Lynn was very active in the Forest Park Block Watch initiative.
She enjoyed her pond with waterfall and fish during the warmer months and reading when it got cold.
She and Ed traveled around the world and to many European and Eastern countries and to several parts of the United States and Central America.