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Ashley Joan (Stacey) Zimmerman
August 5, 1987 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 36) 36 Years Old
Ashley Joan Zimmerman, born on August 5, 1987, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed away on January 13, 2024. She was the beloved daughter of Michael Stacey and Carolynne Forbes.
From the very beginning, Ashley’s vibrant spirit and boundless energy set her apart from others. As a child, she was known for her infectious enthusiasm and independent nature. On one trip to the local mall with her parents when she was three, she walked a few steps away from her Mom and Dad. They expected her to return within a few seconds. However, Ashley had a different idea. She just kept walking, then running. The only way they were able to find her was because she had a balloon tied to her wrist. So they followed the bobbing balloon down the mall until it finally stopped inside of Dillards. Her active and dynamic personality made her a joy to be around, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew her.
Ashley embarked on her educational journey at Norman North High School, where she made lasting friendships and cherished memories. However, in her junior and senior years, she chose a different path and was homeschooled. Despite the change, Ashley’s determination and passion for learning shone through, and she proudly graduated in 2005.
Beyond her academic achievements, Ashley’s zest for life extended to various pursuits. She loved spending time with her friends, and she especially enjoyed making t-shirts with vinyl lettering with her best friend, Amanda Butts. Her adventurous spirit led her to explore the world around her, creating a life filled with diverse experiences and meaningful connections. Ashely also took an interest in the culinary arts and found immense joy in cooking for her family. Her kitchen was a place of warmth and love, where she shared not only delicious meals with plenty of “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning, but also precious moments with her loved ones.
Ashley was a very loving and caring person. She had a heart for people in need. She was always giving away her clothes and furniture to friends or people she just met. Devoted to her faith, Ashley found solace and inspiration in Christian music. It was a source of comfort and strength throughout her life. Some of her favorite songs were "I'll Find You" by LeCrae, "I Will Follow'' by Chris Tomlin, and "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe.
She loved children and spent some time as a daycare worker. Most of her work life was spent in home health care. She loved her clients and went out of her way to meet their needs. She spent 2023 as caregiver to her grandmother, Beverly Essary. She loved her grandparents deeply and felt the absence of her Grandma and Grandpa Stacey as well as her Pappa Essary.
However, her proudest accomplishments were her children, Adam and Sarah Zimmerman. She loved them fiercely, and her dedication to being a mother was unwavering. Her heart overflowed with joy as she watched them grow, and her love for them knew no bounds. She was proud of Adam and his acceptance to the University of Oklahoma. One of her deepest desires was to be with her daughter Sarah as much as possible in North Carolina. Their bond was unbreakable, a testament to the love and connection they shared.
In remembering Ashley Joan Zimmerman, we celebrate a life lived with purpose, curiosity, and unwavering independence. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in peace, forever in our hearts.
Ashley was preceded in death by her Grandfather, Martin A. Stacey, Sr. of Tecumseh, OK; Grandmother, Arlene Stacey of Tecumseh, OK; Grandfather, James D. Essary, Sr. of Norman, OK; Aunt, Shar Aweho of Norman, OK; Uncle Bob and Aunt Marta Kay Pangle of Choctaw, OK; and Uncle Lonnie and Aunt Darlene Dobbins of Midwest City, OK.
Ashley is survived by her Son, Adam Gabriel Zimmerman of Norman, OK; Daughter, Sarah Lynne Zimmerman of Four Oaks, NC; Mother, Carolynne Essary Forbes and Step-father, Mike Forbes of Norman, OK; Father, Van Stacey and Step-mother, Kempy Shrader Stacey of Sulphur, OK; Sister, Evonne Stacey Barrier of Norman, OK; Brother-in-law, Cameron Barrier of Norman, OK; Step-sister, Lindsay Forbes Juarez of Oklahoma City, OK; Step-sister, Beth Forbes Bryant of Norman, OK; and Grandmother, Beverly Essary of Norman, OK.
Saturday February 3, 2024 1:00 PM LifeSpring Church 600 W. Tecumseh Road Norman, OK 73069