‘We will never forget you, Ashley’ | SummitDaily.com

‘We will never forget you, Ashley’

Photo Courtesy of Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today A motorcade for Ashley Stamp, 13, leaves a funeral service held Thursday morning at Steamboat Springs High School en route to the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – A light snow blanketed Howelsen Hill’s ski trails in a fresh coat of white Thursday, just the way Ashley Stamp would have liked it.The young ski racer was laid to rest Thursday afternoon in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery after an emotional funeral service at Steamboat Springs High School.About 1,000 family, friends, teammates, coaches, teachers and strangers packed the high school’s gymnasium to bid tearful goodbyes to the 13-year-old who died Sunday when she collided with a snowmobile at Vail Ski Resort.

The accident, which occurred while Ashley was warming up before a ski race, is under investigation.”Dearest Ashley, we always received a lot from you,” Jan Stamp, Ashley’s grandmother, said before an audience of more than 1,000 mourners. “What a fun-filled, thrill-packed 13 years you had.”Many who attended the service wore orange – Ashley’s favorite color – and some of her friends and soccer and ski teammates tied orange bandanas around their limbs in memory of their friend. After opening statements by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executive director Rick DeVos and a prayer by Monsignor George Schroeder, Jane Melvin sang “Amazing Grace.”

Jan Stamp then walked to the podium to share a letter she wrote for the service.”There must be a heaven, and you will blow their socks off when you arrive,” she said to Ashley. She reminded the silent audience that her granddaughter will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.”She will be the breeze upon your face, the sunshine in your heart and the angel upon your shoulder. We will never forget you, Ashley. It is with much regret that we have to give you up.”

The one-hour service ended with a video tribute to Ashley’s life and a montage of photos.The service was followed by a private, family graveside ceremony.Brent Boyer can be reached at (970) 871-4234 or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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