JANICE ASHLEY: A Renaissance
Ashley was a modern-day Renaissance woman: literary,
artistic and skilled in finance, as comfortable on
Rollerblades as ordering a meal in a fancy restaurant.
She was also outspoken and bubbly, someone who kept her
friends from elementary school but relished new
experiences, like a trip to Turkey in August.
"She marched to her own tune," said Richard Gallo, a
friend she had dated for over five years. "She wouldn't
have chicken or beef when she went out to eat --she'd
order the antelope steak or ostrich burger."
In a letter of condolence to the Ashley family,
another friend recalled how Ms. Ashley was their only
high school classmate to compliment her unconventional
Sweet 16 party, at a Manhattan comedy club. "She just got
things," Risa Lewak said. "There was nothing phony about
Ms. Ashley, 25, lived with her mother, father and
18-year-old brother in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and worked
as a research associate at Fred Alger Management. She
returned home tired from 12-hour days but found time to
talk about her dreams, like eventually opening a florist
gift shop, said Carol Ashley, her mother. She misses her
daughter the most in the evenings. "She just sparkled,"
Mrs. Ashley said.