Ashley Nelson

Jan 4th, 1986 - Dec 30th, 2017


Oakland Cemetery

Sat, Jan. 6th, 2018 2pm

Ashley Nelson

Herrin-Ashley Nelson, 31, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Herrin.

Ashley was born on January 4, 1986 in Carbondale to Mike and Tammy (Sweet) Nelson.

Ashley loved life and enjoyed taking care of her family, friends and pets. She is now with her sister Kelly.

Survivors include:

Parents-Mike and Tammy Nelson of Carbondale

Brother-Jerrod Nelson of Carbondale

Several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles

Ashley’s wishes were to be cremated. No services will be held.

Memorial graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2pm at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.  Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

“Our beautiful daughters are together and we will be with them when God our Father calls us Home”

Remember Me

© Anthony Dowson

Speak of me as you have always done.
Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.

Share the happy memories we’ve made.
Do not let them wither or fade.

I’ll be with you in the summer’s sun
And when the winter’s chill has come.

I’ll be the voice that whispers in the breeze.
I’m peaceful now, put your mind at ease.

I’ve rested my eyes and gone to sleep,
But memories we’ve shared are yours to keep.

Sometimes our final days may be a test,
But remember me when I was at my best.

Although things may not be the same,
Don’t be afraid to use my name.

Let your sorrow last for just a while.
Comfort each other and try to smile.

I’ve lived a life filled with joy and fun.
Live on now, make me proud of what you’ll become.


I Will Always Carry You

You were very tired this morning when I lifted you out of bed and carried you downstairs.

As the weight of your growing body pressed down on my arms, I knew in my head that I wouldn’t be able to carry you much longer.

But I knew in my heart that I will carry you forever.

When you are

  • scared
  • nervous
  • embarrassed
  • tired
  • over it
  • angry

I will carry you.

When you

  • fail the test
  • love someone who doesn’t love you back
  • make a really (really) big mistake
  • cry for help
  • blow the interview
  • do the one thing you shouldn’t do
  • take a risk that doesn’t work out
  • have your heart broken by someone who promised they would love you forever

I will carry you.

I can’t fix your problems for you. You need to struggle, screw up and fall down. It’s painful, but I promise you, it will make you compassionate, empathetic and very, very strong.



Try again.

And if you fail again, I will always be here to carry you. No matter how big you get, my heart is strong enough for both of us.

And I will carry you.

8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: David and Molly Watson

    From: Johnston City , Illinois

    Date: January 3, 2018

    I’m so sorry Ashley was so sweet, loving, and a caring person which was always full of life. And I loved talking to her..

    David and Molly Watson
    Buds Auction Barn

  • Guest: Teresa watson

    From: Johnston city , Illinois

    Date: January 3, 2018

    I’m so sorrry to hear this. She was very outgoing. I loved talking to her.

  • Guest: Nancee Williams

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 3, 2018

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Her beautiful smile could light up a room. God bless you in the difficult days ahead

  • Guest: Rebecca Michels

    From: Highland, Illinois

    Date: January 3, 2018

    Beautiful smile, outgoing, and gone way to soon. She will be missed. Prayers for her family during this difficult time

  • Guest: Connie Germann

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 4, 2018

    Tammy our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of loss. May God’s arms reach out, hold and comfort you and give you the strength to continue until you and your beautiful girls are together again.

  • Guest: Gracie D. Nelson

    From: Burleson, Texas

    Date: January 4, 2018

    I will miss Ashley, she is my niece. The world will not be as sweet without her in it. Love you forever Ashley and I will forever pray for Tammy, Mike and Jerrod and all our family in Illinois. Love ya’ll.

  • Guest: Beth Smith

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2018

    Rick and I are so sorry for your loss. We pray God’s comfort for you and your family.

  • Guest: Crystal westlie

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2018

    My heart is so hurt by this such a young soul gone to soon. U we’re one of the first people I meet moving here n will never forget ur kind words big heart n larger then life personality….u will be truly missed