to this area when it was a beautiful area where people felt safe to walk the streets, day or night," Ms. Ashe said in a 2004 interview with the Daily Press. "Beautiful hanging trees. Gorgeous homes on Marshall Avenue. To watch it deteriorate and now to watch the refurbishing of the community it's a joy to live long enough to see it coming back."
Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan remembered Ms. Ashe for being able to give a unique perspective on complex issues.
"One morning she was at home with her husband and a kid knocked on the door. He was upset because he had missed his school bus. Effie got her car keys and carried the kid to school. I thought it was so interesting that the young man felt comfortable going to her house to get a solution to his problem."
He said she also wasn't afraid to speak her mind.
"A couple of years ago, my sorority recognized her and I noted a story she must have shared with me at some point," Hunt said.
"I could still talk to her when I had questions about decisions I had to make as a School Board member," Ashby said. "She saw something in me I didn't see in myself."
Ashby said Ms. Ashe called him over to her house one day in 2005 and told him she wanted him to run for her seat in the South District.
She lived in Newport News for more than 62 years and also served on the C. Waldo Scott Center Board of Directors, the Newsome House Board of Directors, the Office of Human Affairs Board of Directors and the South Newport News Committee Task Force.
Ms. Ashe was married to the late Wilbert Ashe for 59 years. The couple lent their names to Ashe Manor, a public housing retirement community built in Southeast Newport News, where they were lifelong residents.
During her tenure, she participated in more than 250 board meetings and work sessions, according to Newport News Public Schools.
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"She saw cans instead of can'ts that was her paradigm of thinking," Ashby said.
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"She was like a second mother to me," Morgan said. "She always was there to give sage advice. Even in the storm, she had a way of calming the situation."
"She was a public figure, but if Effie knew you and you were her friend, you couldn't ask for a truer friend," said Elva Hunt, who retired from Newport News Nike Zoom Cage 2 White
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Ashe was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Ashe Sr., and her son, Wilbert Ashe Jr. She is survived by a son, Wellington Bruce Ashe of Baltimore, and seven grandchildren.
Effie Carroll Ashe was born Oct. 13, 1931, to Vernon Carroll Sr.
Public Schools and served for years in administration.
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