MUNCIE — Ashley Banter (Brown) was born in Muncie, Ind., on Dec. 11, 1987, to William Brown and Diane Fitzjarrell (Cox). She attended Albany Elementary School and then Anderson Community Schools, where she graduated in 2006.
After high school she was employed by Happy, Clean, and Smart in Muncie. Her love of animals was apparent to all her clients, both two and four- legged. Ashley met Cliff Banter, whom she later married on Dec. 6, 2010. Ashley and Cliff spent two years in Montana where they enjoyed working and living on Nelson Ranch. When Ashley and Cliff returned to Indiana in 2010, she resumed working at Happy, Clean and Smart with the friends and animals she loved so dearly. Throughout her life, Ashley lived with a vibrancy and love that encouraged others to live with the passion and hope that she did.
On Oct. 28, 2014, Ashley’s journey in life continued as she was received into the arms of her Lord after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Throughout that battle she was an inspiration to her friends, family, doctors’ and nurses who treated her.
Ashley is survived by her husband of four years, Cliff Banter; her father, William Brown of Fairmount; her mother, Diane Fitzjarrell (Cox) of Anderson; stepfather, Larry; her brother, Jason Brown (Christianne); nieces, Josephine and Alexandra of Muncie; her brother, Kristopher Brown (Matt) of Greenwood; stepsisters, Stacey Farmer (Fitzjarrell) and Amanda Fitzjarrell-Bynum; grandmother, Nancy Cox; her aunts, Deb Reese of Hartford City, Denise Croyle of Ridgeville, Darlene Smithson of Ridgeville and Donna Laudenbacher of Muncie; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and two special friends, Ashley Edwards-Dailey, and Kristi Jones.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Meeks Mortuary, Washington Street Chapel.
Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1520 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or the Muncie Animal Shelter, 2401 S. Gharkey St., Muncie, IN 47302.