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Ashley Hilderbrand, 22, a longtime resident of John Day and Baker City, died unexpectedly Dec. 19, 2006, at Salt Lake City Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Baker City Christian Church, 650 Hwy. 7 in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the services at the church.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville. Interment will follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery.
Ashley Jean was born June 21, 1984, in John Day to Mariann “Connie” (Villastrigo) and Lee Hilderbrand. Ashley went to kindergarten in Prineville. The family then moved to Baker City, where she attended school and attained her state diploma from Baker Alternative School in 2002.
Following graduation, Ashley traveled to Laramie, Wyo., and lived there for a year. She returned home to Baker City and went to work for Marvin Wood Products. After some time, she decided to move to Prineville, and went to work for Prineville Disposal.
In January 2005, Ashley wanted to move back to Baker City and she immediately went back to work for Marvin Wood Products.
Ashley enjoyed being outside, hunting and fishing. She enjoyed traveling to car shows and attending motto-cross rallies. Ashley loved music and dancing. Most special to her was spending time with her family and her dog Duke.
Ashley was a “free spirit” — she just loved life and what it had to offer her. She had a wonderful talent for art and enjoyed drawing and sketching in her spare time.
She is survived by her father, Lee Hilderbrand of Baker City; her mother, Mariann “Connie” Coffer of Prineville; sisters Amanda Garbarino and her fiance Anthony Washington of Baker City, and Annie Hilderbrand of Pendleton; grandparents Jim and Theresa Hilderbrand of Halfway, and Frank Villastrigo Sr. of Prineville; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; her boyfriend, Shaun Neal, and her beloved yellow lab Duke.
Ashley was preceded in death by her Grandma Teresa Villastrigo, and uncles Carlos Villastrigo and Richard Villastrigo.
Those who would like to make a memorial contribution in memory of Ashley may do so to the American Heart Association, Best Friends of Baker or the charity of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 27, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor