In Memory of




Obituary for Julianne Ash (French)

Julianne French Ash, 80, passed away at her home in Louisville on January 29, 2022, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born January 15, 1942 to Howard and Dorothy French in Louisville, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her loving brother, Randy French of Virginia, and her adored daughter-in-law, Paula Shade of Texas.

Julianne was a strong, caring woman and a much-loved teacher, impacting thousands of students in the community. She spent her career at St. Raphael the Archangel, Jefferson County Public Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education.

During her tenure she received many awards, including the ExCEL award for Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership. With a heart for those in need, Julianne was also an active board member and volunteer for local non-profits in Louisville and St. Pete Beach, working with Peace Education and helping those in need of a hot meal and a place to come in from the cold. She was an extraordinary mom and gave her children both roots and wings.

Julianne loved the Derby, was an avid world traveler, tennis player, and collector of family and friends. She loved a good trip and taking her children and grandchildren on many adventures. She never missed a family baptism or graduation. Her grandchildren called her Mumsie or Mimi. She was never happier than when celebrating a big family gathering.

In addition to her three children, she had enough love for two additional families, the Tuells and the Ashes. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Ash; her children, Greg Shade (Karen), Bobby Shade, and Dianne DeVore (Patrick), 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2022, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd., 40205. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., February 5, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, 40245, with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Vincent de Paul or Hosparus Health of Louisville in Julianne’s memory.