Ashley Nicole Malone was born on Feb. 27, 1987, in Washington, D.C. to the late Sylvia Ruth Malone and Craig Mewborn. She joined the Macedonia Baptist Church at an early age.

She is survived by her beloved Granny Flora Bell Malone of Auburn, Ky; aunts, Stephanie Malone of Louisville, Ky., Celida Malone of Clinton, Md., Sandra Malone-Gilmer (Ron) of Ft. Washington, Md., Shirley Malone-Fenner (Grady) of South Easton, Mass., Louise Blanton of Bowling Green, Ky. and Elaine Burton (Herman) of Bowling Green, Ky.; uncle Rickie Malone of Auburn, Ky.; cousins, Natalie Malone, Ronnie Gilmer (Porsche), Logan Gilmer, Courtney Gilmer, Brooklynn Anderson and Micah Barbour; her special cousins who were always willing to lend a helping hand, Martha and Michael Elliott, Emma Kendrick and Lucretia Trammel, and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.

She resided in Nashville, Tenn. She departed this life on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with her family by her side.

Ashley moved to Auburn, Ky. with her mother at the age of two. Although she grew up in a small town, Ashley had big dreams inspired by her love of reading. She amassed a collection of books that would make any library proud. She enjoyed capturing iPhone images that she took while traveling, hiking, running, cycling and exploring her world. She shared some of her iPhone photos on her Instagram account - ashleyunlimited.

Despite suffering from Crohn's disease since the age of 15, Ashley never failed to follow her dreams. She graduated co-valedictorian of the Logan County High School class of 2005. She fulfilled her childhood dream of graduating from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. She achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer by earning a Juris Doctor from the Vanderbilt Law School. She passed the Tennessee Bar exam, thereby becoming licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee.

Ashley pursued her dream of exploring the world by studying abroad in Ireland and Italy and by working as a public affairs intern at the United States Embassy in London, England.

Not only did she fulfill her dreams in the pursuit of her education, but she achieved many of her personal dreams as well. She ran a marathon, scaled a mountain and jumped out of an airplane. Unfortunately, her illness cut short her dream of completing her first Novel which, if judged by her other accomplishments, was sure to become a best seller. She discovered a love for making handmade soap, body cream, hair oil and room spray. She intertwined her love for this self-taught craft and her love for reading by naming the company she planned to create Lit & Lather, with the products named for her favorite literary characters. She did her best to instill that love and knowledge in her aunts so that they can continue to enjoy the products she created.

Ashley's determination to achieve her dreams will continue to inspire everyone who knew and loved her. She will be so greatly missed. But her example of how to live life and follow your dreams, even in the face of adversity, will live on. Ashley is back in her mother's arms. May she rest in peace.