Ashley Morgan Via, 31, fierce Uno player who lived for celebrations

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Ashley Morgan Via
Ashley Morgan Via

After picking up a grounder, scoring and then celebrating the victory of life, Ashley Morgan Via, 31, peacefully crossed the finish line on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Virginia Beach.

Born Aug. 12, 1985, in Norfolk, Ashley was the daughter of Michael A. and Deborah B. Via.

Ashley was raised in Virginia Beach and attended Princess Anne High School. One of Ashley’s favorite pastimes was watching classic TV shows, such as “Leave It To Beaver” and “Dennis The Menace.” She was also a fierce Uno player and lived for celebrations of any kind, especially her birthday.

As everyone knows, her nails were always impeccably polished in shades of pink, and her favorite colors were pink and green. Ashley was an avid lacrosse fan, but she loved to watch her brother and cousins play all sports. Her involvement as a top fundraiser and member of Team Hoyt VB with Susan, Elizabeth, Dudley, Ainsley and Jay had a profound impact on her life. With her beautiful smile and that twinkle and sparkle in her eyes, she touched so many lives in such a positive way.

She was preceded in death by grandmothers, Ann May Via and Louise K. Berdick; aunt, Alice Reid Via; and cousin, Jessica A. Berdick.

In addition to her parents, Ashley is survived by her loving family, including her brother, Michael A. Via Jr., and his wife, Sarah G. Via, of Arlington, Va.; grandfathers, Harold A. Via Jr. and Edward M. Berdick; great-aunt, Constance A. Via; uncles, Peyton A. Via and Edward L. Berdick (Mary); and aunts, Linda B. Foster (James), Karen B. Via, Mary Via Cuoco (Mark), Melissa B. Rhoades (Geoff) and Brenda W. Berdick. She is also survived and dearly missed by her cousins, Lee (Jill), Andy, Marshall, Will, Annie and Liza.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the caring staff at CHKD and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, especially the GICU unit and her doctors throughout her life including: Julie Damman, Fletcher Pierce, Tina Rodrigue, Richard Rosenblum, Randy Garnett, Sheldon St. Clair, Don Penix, Bill LeHew, George Koehl and Gordie Stokes.

A memorial service for Ashley will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Galilee Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Norfolk Academy 1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502; Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451; or CHKD 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507.