Ashley Jean Scott Hankins, 43, passed away on November 5, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ after a courageous fight with ROS-1 Lung Cancer.
A long-time resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley was born in Minocqua, Wisconsin on March 26, 1977 to Robert V. & Nancy G. Scott – also current residents of Phoenix, AZ. She is the eternal ‘love muffin’ to her adoring husband, Joe Hankins; married on November 20, 2009 in Scottsdale, AZ. Ashley will continue to shine down on her beautiful children, that share her spunk, beautiful smile & sparkle in their eyes. Gunnar Cade & Harlee Jean have also inherited their Mom’s faith & strength and will always know her immense love for them.
Ashley is survived by her siblings – Lindsay Scott Kostecki (Eric) – Burbank, IL; Charles J. Scott (Bryn) – Phoenix, AZ; and Caroline Scott Janak (Peter) – Tucson, AZ. The “Scott Kids” were products of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, spending countless hours on the lake – whether it was skiing with the Min-Aqua Bats water ski show or snowmobiling in the winters, there is no way to measure the amount of fun they had together. It is Ashley’s wish that Gunnar & Harlee know and love the Northwoods as much as she did, and her siblings plan to do everything they can to make sure that happens.
She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends (many since birth). Ashley was also blessed to have Joe’s family in her life, his parents, her stepson Joseph, Joe’s siblings, and the rest of his family. Their love for her was sincere & from the heart. Those welcoming her home to be with the Lord include grandparents – James & Esther Glyman and Vernon & Suzanne Scott; aunt Susan Glyman Warnhoff; all her great-grandparents and many dear family friends.
In 1989, the Scott family moved from Minocqua, WI to Scottsdale, AZ, where Ashley started at Mohave Middle School & then went on to graduate from Saguaro High School. Being the magnetic spirit that she was, she quickly made some lifelong friends that remain today. Ashley graduated from NAU in Flagstaff, AZ with a degree in Social Work – fitting for her eventual career as a hairstylist for 20+ years. A whiz with the scissors & hair color, all those who left her chair felt spectacular. Not only because they looked amazing, but her kind soul lifted her clients up.
For the past 2+ years Ashley has exhibited immense grace, faith, and strength as she battled a rare form of lung cancer (ROS-1). An absolute fighter until the end, her positive outlook was admirable & giving up wasn’t an option. There is peace knowing that her pain & suffering has come to an end, and she is flying with the angels.
Our beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, niece, aunt, cousin, friend… We know she is watching over us – little signs every day reassure that her beautiful smile is shining down! And our faith is strengthened knowing that one day we will be reunited.
The immense outpouring of love, prayers, and sympathy from family & friends all over the country has been overwhelming; and the thoughtful messages are greatly appreciated during this difficult time. With absolute gratitude, Thank you!
“So let me say before we part… You’ll be with me like a handprint on the heart.”
A small, private family memorial service (due to Covid restrictions) will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home in Phoenix, Arizona. A celebration of Ashley’s life will be held this summer in Minocqua, WI.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the ‘Support for the Hankins’ GoFundMe account, created to ease the financial burden of medical expenses: https://gf.me/u/y77w95
Condolences and Hugs from Home may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
We love you Ashley and you will be forever missed. We appreciate the great times we had together. May you Rest In Peace Prayers and healing to the Scott and Hankins family.
The Bryant Family
Larry and Hope Brown
It was our blessing to be her neighbor and witness her joyful spirit. Her love for Joe and the kids was so clear.
God be with your family as you navigate your next chapter.
Rod and Louise DeSanti
I am so sorry we just found out about Ashley’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a special person.
We will keep all of you in our prayers.
Rod and Louise DeSanti
Adam and Melissa Redman
Ashley will surely be missed by many. Such a beautiful spirit that will be shining down on you. Angels Fly Together! Love, The Redman Family
Damon and Carolyn Walsh
We are so sorry for your loss. Ashley was a special person. Her humor and laughter was contagious. We will miss her smile and her friendship. So many great memories with her. Sending love and prayers to all of you.
Sandy & Terry Pauly
Dear Bob and Nancy (and your family),
Our hearts are heavy to hear the news of your dear Ashley.
While we did not know her, the comments by your friends describe her as a special person which doesn’t surprise me coming from the special mom and dad that you both are.
Be at peace knowing she is with our Lord and no longer suffering.
You will be in our prayers..
Terry & Sandy
Sending love and comfort to Joe, Gunnar, Harlee and your entire family. Ashley was a lifelong friend and our high school friend group will never be the same. We feel so blessed for all the memories we shared with Ashley. We know she will continue to be a light shining down on us for the rest of our days. Love, Brandi & Scott
May her Memory be Eternal
Rest In Peace Ashley
Dear Bob, Nancy and Your Loving Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you continue to find strength and courage for all that your hearts need- today and always. Memories of your beautiful Ashley…Let them fill your minds, warm your hearts, and lead you through.
Paul and Paula Thomas