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Margaret A. 'Marge' Ashley

05/22/1952 - 06/05/2024


Obituary For Margaret A. 'Marge' Ashley

Margaret Anna Maria (Strickland) Ashley AKA Margie & Marge was a spitfire. She was the hottest and brightest match in the box, and that fire burned within her every day of her life.

Marge had high standards and a strong sense of accountability for herself and for others, and she encouraged and challenged her loved ones with her well intentioned stubbornness because she cared so deeply and loved so fiercely.

Marge worked tirelessly to model perseverance and teach her children to be industrious, independent, hard-working adults.

You could count on Marge to show up and always have your back; but she might sneak a good zinger or prank on you while you weren’t looking.

Marge was an excellent list maker who could not rest until every item was checked off.


Be the beloved daughter of Margaret Anna Maria (Lindner) Strickland and Richard Thomas Strickland
May 22, 1952 Rapid City, SD.

Graduate High School (Belle Fourche, Class of ’70).

Join Mom (Margaret Strickland) on a homecoming trip to Germany (Summer 1970).

Fall in love and marry a partner, best friend and soulmate, Steven John Ashley.November 4, 1971.

Become a mother- Cori Lynn (May 1972).
John Paul (August 1977).

Create art: pottery, macrame, and cross stitch.

Be a steadfast friend.

Fight when necessary.

Always be neat, clean, and on time.

Be Oma to Piper Cailyn (January 2006).

Clare Madilyn (April 2010).

Volksmarch all 50 states.

Read, read, read.

Make, share, and ENJOY desserts (Buster Bar).

Have a beautiful yard.

Own a gray house with red shutters and front door.

Work hard ~ (36 years in banking) and retire well ~ (21 years at BHFCU).

Love Fiercely and Hold on Tightly.

Rest – June 5, 2024.

Donations may be sent to the ALS Foundation in memory of Margaret.



12 Jun

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home 632 Saint Francis St. Rapid City, SD 57701 Get Directions »
13 Jun


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pine Lawn Cemetery 4301 Tower Rd Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 Get Directions »
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  • 06/12/2024

    Liebe Marge, It's been more than 50 years since we met with your mother for the first time during your visit to Germany. And we like to remember our holidays in 1992 with your family and the families of your sister and brothers in South Dakota. Ruhe in Frieden Helmut and family

  • 06/11/2024

    Steve, Cori, John, and family...I will always remember going on some wonderful hikes with Marge when Steve and Marge came to visit AZ. She was funny, kind, and loved the outdoors. My condolences to all the family.

  • 06/11/2024

    To Steve and the rest of Marge's family, I'm very sorry for your loss. I had the honor and privilege of working alongside Marge for many years at BHFCU. She was a wonderful teammate and was always patient with imparting her knowledge upon us all. I enjoyed getting to know her over the years. She became a good friend and had a wonderful laugh. My hope is that your happy memories help you through this time. My sympathies to you all.

  • 06/11/2024

    Marge lived around the corner from me when I was a kid growing up in Belle Fourche. It seemed like it was a large family who lived in a small house. They were good neighbors. I always wondered if Marge married Steve because he had a fast back Mustang. I'm guessing not. Rest in Peace neighbor girl.

  • 06/11/2024

    Rest in peace Marge. I loved her encouragement and advice. She also grew the best grapes for jelly!! -Eric Peterson

  • 06/11/2024

    Steve, so sorry Marge has passed. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • 06/11/2024

    Cori- I am so sorry for your loss!! Prayers are with your family and you!! Stacy Schmitt Krumpus

  • 06/11/2024

    Steve our deepest sympathy in your loss. Cathy Evans

  • 06/11/2024

    W e treasured Marge and Steve as dear neighbors when we all lived on Elm Ave,Rapid City. We are so sorry for your loss. The William Huggins Family

  • 06/11/2024

    Steve and family, my condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Marge or "Marge in Charge" as she was fondly know as at BHFCU you for 3 yrs before her retirement. She was an amazing lady and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jody Kelley

  • 06/10/2024

    Steve & Family Sending our sympathy to you and yours. Marge is now resting in peace. Our thoughts & prayers. Bill & Kathy Klemann

  • 06/10/2024

    Steve, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. I enjoyed getting to know Marge and all the family when I lived on Sapphire Ln next to Millie. Hugs to all. Brenda (Wills) Allibone

  • 06/10/2024

    My sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife. It is never the right time for such a loss. Keeping you in my prayers. Kathy Winkler

  • 06/09/2024

    Steve, John, Cori and family, So sorry for all of you during this terribly difficult time. May your memories always be a comfort. Prayers, PJ

  • 06/09/2024

  • 06/08/2024

    Steve and Kids So sorry too hear of Marge's passing. I can remember arriving at school in November 1965 and seeing Marge for the first time. She was the first pretty girl I saw at the new school and I was the new guy and soon fond out i was going to have to stand in line even to get a dance with her at the first dance the school sponsered dance. Please accept Margo's and my condolences and know that we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. You sure got a good one when you got Marge. Sincerely Morie and Margo Spearfish, SD

  • 06/07/2024

    Steve and family, I have such fond memories of Marge from my days hanging out with Cori in high school. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Leah Sailer Braun

  • 06/07/2024

    Steve, our sympathies to you and your family. Don and Fay Ludens.

  • 06/07/2024

    So sorry Steve for your loss my prayers are with you and the family

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