H. Joyce Pase Ashby Ziesemer


H. Joyce Pase Ashby Ziesemer, 95, a native of Thomas, a resident of St. George, and more recently a resident of Gainesville, Virginia, departed this life Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at the Lake Manassas Rehab Center in Gainesville, Virginia.

She was born Friday, July 24, 1925, at Thomas, a daughter of the late William Henry Pase and Blanche Mabel Troutman Pase.

She was twice married. First to Ellis Ashby and second to Owen Ziesemer, both who preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Ellis Ashby Jr. of Thomas and Patrick Ashby of Huntington; one daughter, Linda Ashby Guerrieri and husband Frank of Gainesville, Virginia; five grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Jack and her beloved grand dog, Elle Cupcake.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by a baby brother, Sylvester Pase and one sister, Zelda Pase Seaman.

She attended St. Thomas Catholic School and Mountaineer High School. She worked and retired from the Tucker County Board of Education as a custodian and attended Sycamore Grove Church at Bull Run. Joyce worked tirelessly for the Cancer Society and the Tucker County Historical Society.

She was loved by her entire community and had an open-door policy and always a helping hand. Joyce was a pretty amazing lady, and her neighbors adored her. She enjoyed gardening in her spare time.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Tucker County Animal Shelter, 586 Brooklyn Heights, Parsons, WV 26287.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Timothy Grassi will officiate. Cremation will follow with a Graveside Service on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Thomas.

As we continue to follow the CDC guidelines and the recent mandate by Gov. Jim Justice, social distancing as well as mask will be required for those in attendance. We encourage our communities to support one another through leaving memories and condolences at the Lohr & Barb Funeral home website at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for H. Joyce Pase Ashby Ziesemer.