June 10, 2015
Ashley MacKenzie Lee Grant, 27, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at her home in Watertown.
Calling hours will be at River Community Church, Clayton on Tuesday, June 16 from 10AM - 2PM. The funeral service will follow at 3PM at the church with Rev. Jeff Smith, First Baptist Church, Watertown and the Revs. Paul and Cheryl Gmitter, both ordained ministers, Airport Christian Church, co-officiating. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.
Ashley was born in Watertown on July 18, 1987, daughter of Darren L. and Tonia L. Gray Grant. She graduated from Thousand Islands High School in 2005 and received her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from BOCES. She worked as a caregiver in private care, at Mercy Hospital, and for Sibley Nursing.
She attended both First Baptist Church, Watertown and River Community Church, Clayton. She was an avid reader of the Bible and could and would quote scripture. Ashley MacKenzie Lee loved to sing, read, and everyone loved her contagious laugh, smile, and spirit. Her greatest love was her family, children, and friends. For years she struggled with addiction and counseled people like her.
She is survived by her two children, Robert James Brotherton IV, Carthage and Alayna R. Grant, Brownville; her father and his fiancée, Darren L. Grant and Kimberley A. Kowal, Watertown; her mother and her step father, Tonia L. and Robert L. Stephenson II, Brownville; paternal grandmother, Norma R. Grant, Cape Vincent; maternal grandparents, Donald "Bud" and Cheryl Gray, Jr., Clayton and Carol A. Gray, Clayton; maternal great grandmother, Dorothy E. Gray, Theresa; three brothers, Christopher Wayde Lee Grant and wife, Marla, Cape Vincent, Britton Tyler Lee Grant, Brownville, and Gavin Robert Stephenson, Brownville; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes donations in her name to benefit Ashley's children and may be sent to State C. S. Employee F. C. U., attn. account for Robert Brotherton IV and Alayna Grant, 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com