Born: Fri., Jan. 13, 1939
Died: Thu., Jun. 28, 2018

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Jul. 06, 2018
Location: Wheatland Bible Church

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Gay Nell McCulloch Ashenhurst was born January 13, 1939 in Lamesa, Texas and passed away quietly in Wyoming on June 28, 2018.  Her parents were John Preston McCulloch, cotton farmer and WWII volunteer sailor and Shirley Alice (Franklin) McCulloch his wife.  Out of a historic Texas family, our mom was profoundly shaped by her environment and rearing.  She was proud of the fact that Dawson County Texas had the highest volunteer rate of any county in the nation during WW2 and we learned to sing “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You” early on in our childhood.  When speaking to Mom, especially on the phone, you could always hear a little bit of Texas.
Mom’s family trekked north annually, custom harvesting wheat, and eventually chose a new home, farming and ranching, on Hunton Creek south of Wheatland, Wyoming.  Her teenage years were spent developing her characteristic diligence and attention to detail, and she excelled as a student.  She would eventually earn honors as her class Salutatorian, 1957 National High School Rodeo Queen, National Merit Scholar and UW President’s Honor Roll.  Our mom could have gone many directions in life, and had the skills and determination to do many things, so she accepted a position as the wife of wheat farmer Larry Ashenhurst, and the mother of Lance and Lanell (who were difficult and often incorrigible children) and Thane.
The next 60 years, Mom spent raising the four of us.  Gay Nell extended her love to a wonderful daughter-in-law, Keri, and in 1991, changed her name to Granny for her long-awaited three grandchildren, Oliver, Slater, and Chloe.  She poured out her love and life for us through her cooking and homemaking, and her consistent correction and teaching.  Mom was loved by the farmhands, and they so appreciated her insistence on bringing them into our home and our family.  Mom valued excellence and dedication to a fault and was, according to her, and to us as well, the family judge and evaluator of everything from art and décor, to her famous iced tea.  One will always picture her holding a “test glass” of her famous iced tea up to the light and then judging it severely for color, strength, and sweetness.
Several people have told us this week that she was the classiest person they ever knew.  We do know that our Mom had a characteristic sense of decorum that she tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to pass on to the four of us.
Throughout our lives, we saw a sweet softening in Mom’s nature that has been the direct result of her love and dedication to Jesus and her coming into a deeper knowledge of her own inherent value to God, and to her husband and us kids.  She was precious.  Mom loved us sweetly and sometimes fiercely, and Dad modeled for us a consistent and determined kind of love for her during their nearly 60 years of marriage that we will never, ever forget.
Gay Nell is survived by her husband Larry, son Lance, her daughter and special friend Lanell, son and daughter-in-law, Thane and Keri, and grandchildren Oliver, Slater and Chloe. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother and brother in the Lord, Clyce (Myrtle) McCulloch of Pearcy, Arkansas.  Mom’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018, at Wheatland Bible Church, Hwy 312 & Palmer Canyon Road, Wheatland, and will be followed by a graveside service.
It’s the hardest thing we have done, saying goodbye to Mom, but we are mindful that there is nothing in this world that cannot be overcome with a glass of sweet iced tea and prayer … just the right color, just the right strength, just the right sweet.  Try them and you will see.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to donate to James Robison Mission Feeding.  
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done."  Proverbs 19:17.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.

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Shawn Hoffman
   Posted Mon July 02, 2018
Dear Larry, Lance, Lanell, Thane, Keri, OT, Slater and Chloe,
My deepest sympathies and prayers for you all. Such a tremendous loss for you
and the community. So many cherished and wonderful memories over these years; our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

richard prather
   Posted Mon July 02, 2018
larry: so sorry and shocked to hear of gay nells passing, may the good lord bless you and the family, and all are in our prayers. richard and sondra prather

Marilyn Livers
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
Dear Ashenhurst family: So sad to hear of Gay Nell's passing. It doesn't seem possible as I saw her the Monday before at our Strong Bones exercise class, and she was doing well as usual. So happy to know that because she knew her Lord, she is in His presence. When my Jim passed I was sad, but it caused me to search the Bible. When things quiet down for you, check out the 3 gospel reports of Jesus' transfiguration before his last week. Moses and Elijah who had been dead many, many years were present talking with Jesus and strengthening him for his road to the cross. (Our loved ones are alive.) The disciples recognized Moses and Elijah! (Matt. 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:29-36) God is very near to walk through this with you. Love, Marilyn

Thelma Kindervater
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
Expressing deep sympathy and sadness, at hearing of the loss of your matriarch … loved and admired her! I know our days are numbered and this is not our home, however parting is painful. Adding my thoughts and prayers to the many others for comfort and peace for you all. God bless.

Ken and Christine Pasley
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
We were so shocked and saddened by GayNell’s passing. She was such a joy and friend in our Strong Bones classes, so kind and friendly with all our participants. This is such a loss to us all, and to our community. Condolences to you all. Ken and Christine Pasley

Kate Geringer
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
We are at the same time so saddened by your tremendous loss and overwhelmed with joy knowing your precious wife, mother and granny has seen the face of Jesus and is no doubt taken over the care of the flower gardens of heaven. Out love and prayers for your comfort to all of you. Rick and Kate

Dana Vineyard
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
Larry and Family,
I was so saddened to hear of Gay Nell's passing. She had one of the most beautiful yards when I got acquainted with her. She shared many plants and flowers with me while we were neighbors on South Gap Road. She was a very nice person toknow. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time.

Pam Harris
   Posted Tue July 03, 2018
So saddened to hear that Gay Nell has passed away, Mike and I would like to express our sincere condolences to all of the Ashenhurst Family. We pray that our Lord wraps you in His arms and comforts you all. She was such a lovely and gracious lady and will surely be missed by those who knew her.

Ivory Franc
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
Dear Ashenhurst Family: You are all in my thoughts and prayers through this time. I fondly remember Gay Nell as someone who always had a smile for everyone. May The Prince of Peace give you comfort as you say goodbye to her... I know she eagerly awaits you all in our forever home! Ivory (Halle) Franck

Randy and Susan Blackman
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
So very sorry for your families great loss. One of the first people I met when I moved to Wheatland over 35 years ago. What a kind and sincere person. Our thoughts and prayers for you all.

Jeanie Drury Reddy
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
How I loved Gay Nell although I didn't know her well. She was always such an example to us as we grew up in wheatland. We were so thrilled when she was rodeo queen and in the various parades she would acknowledge us as we called out to her. This is a sad time but also exciting for her.
Jeanie Drury Reddy

James Byrd
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
From the Byrd Family. Sorry for your loss, but rest assure she is in the loving arms of the Lord. God Bless you family.

Jerry Orr
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
Our sincere sympathy and condolences. She was a wonderful person and so kind to others. She will be missed by many. Jerry and Ellie Orr

Alan Branscom
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
Sorry for your loss, you are all in are thoughts and prayers.

Betty Marble
   Posted Sat July 07, 2018
To the Ashenhurst Family,

We are so saddened to hear of Gay Nell's passing. She was a dear friend.
When I think of Gay Nell, I remember sitting on the steps of the old house out on the wheat farm, have many discussions about the Lord. She was truly a disciple for Christ. Our prayers are with you all.

Owen L Toth
   Posted Mon July 09, 2018
Such a nice Lady to all. She would go out of her way to say "hello Owen" a radiant smile and personality...

Carolyn Wright Nukaya
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
Larry, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Gay Nell. She was always so very nice (and so very beautiful) when she was young. From the condolences I have read, it sounds like she lived her life the same way. I think we all wanted to 'BE' her because she just oozed joy. Please know I truly cared for her. Sincerely, Carolyn

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