Catherine Tucker Ashley, 82, of Waxhaw, NC, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021. She was born October 18, 1938 in Guilford County, North Carolina, daughter to the late Charles Hugh Tucker and Elsie Lorraine Pegg Tucker.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2021 at Waxhaw United Methodist Church, 200 McDonald Street, Waxhaw, NC 28173. Burial to follow in Waxhaw City Cemetery.

She worked on the family farm until she graduated from Colfax High School in 1955 and then went off to nursing school. She graduated Charlotte Memorial Hospital Nursing School in August of 1961. She made friends in nursing school and that group has had activities and reunions for many years.

She met the love of her life Ken Ashley while she was an emergency room nurse and he was an ambulance driver. They got married in September of 1962.

She had many firsts in her career. She was part of the operating room team that performed the first heart transplant surgery in Charlotte. When the field of anesthesia opened to nurses, she became one of the first Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). She cared for thousands of patients over her career and many friends.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Ashley (Kenneth Coleman Ashley), sons Tim Ashley and wife Pam, children Samantha, Zoe, and Jeremy, Kenny Ashley and wife Patti, and pets, daughter Erin Flitt and husband Dr. Bruce Flitt, sons Christopher and Matthew.

In lieu of flowers donations to Gaston Hospice, Robin Johnson House, 5005 Shepards Way Drive, Dallas, NC 28034.

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Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory, 1904 Lancaster Ave, Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Ashley Family.