Niagara Gazette — Abraham Lincoln suggested in the deepest meaning of the words spoken in his Gettysburg Address that, ‘… it is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who [have lived amongst us] have thus far so nobly advanced.”
There is indeed much more work to be done, on all sides of this situation. The noble organizational efforts of the Chapel and their friends’, the accomplishments of Nellie Ashford, and the work that other people and organizations now do and did to teach parents the art of loving responsibility are all of ongoing importance.
But, again, as Lincoln suggested on such efforts, the work that they have done in their lives should not have been in vain because of their passing; and that the results of their efforts, which is now carried upon our shoulders, “… shall not perish from the earth.”
While the Chapel refers to the homes to which these children go, such as Ashford’s, as ‘forever homes’, those children who attended her funeral at the St. John’s AME Church in Niagara Falls, will fondly remember her as a forever mom.
Derick Fluker said of his forever mom, that there were so many positive things within that home that he would not know where to begin telling them. He was there with Ashford from the age of 5 until he was 21 years old.
According to Fluker, Ashford was indeed a mom who knew how to administer tough and loving care. “She made sure that school was first. She would wake us up at three in the morning to finish assignments. We made our doctors’ appointment, food was on the table and clothes were on our backs.”
When asked about church, Fluker, a former USN petty officer, laughed as he said that she had them in church four of the seven days of the week.