Ashly R. (Heikes) Carter, age 34 of Omaha, Nebraska and formerly of Hartington, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte and Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to services. Face masks and social distancing are required for the visitation and funeral. A live stream of the funeral service will be available at www.facebook.com/WintzRay/live . Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Tucker Lange, Brenton Lammers, Tyler Jueden, Claude Pearson, Michael Lake, and Jery Soloman.
Ashly Renae (Heikes) Carter was born on February 25, 1986 in Yankton, SD to David and Janelle (Potts) Heikes. She grew up in Hartington and graduated from Hartington Public School in 2004. Ashly attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA, where she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree. She also played volleyball and received Juco All-American Honors. Ashly continued her love for volleyball at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO for another year before deciding she wanted to be closer to family. It was then that she began the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. After graduation, Ashly worked for Tabitha Healthcare in Lincoln, NE for three years as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She then moved to Tampa, Florida in the fall of 2011. In 2012, she met Donovan and they lived in Tampa until moving to Omaha in 2015. Ashly then began working for Omaha Nursing and Rehab.
Ashly and Donovan had their first child, Mia, in 2014. Since then, they have had two more daughters, Riley and Zoey. Ashly was an amazing mother and wife. Her family was her first priority. She was meticulous and organized and the most thoughtful person you could meet. She enjoyed planning parties for the girls, spending time at the family cabin, and coming up with the funniest Christmas gifts.
Ashly is survived by her husband, Donovan of Omaha, NE; three daughters, Mia, Riley, and Zoey; parents, David and Janelle Heikes of Hartington, NE; grandmother, Judith Heikes of Hartington, NE; two sisters, Shandi (Blake) Bartels and sons Payton, Paxton, Porter, and Princeton Bartels of Crofton, NE; Nikki Heikes (Trevor Petersen and son Royce) of Omaha, NE; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ernest and Darlene Carter of Tampa, FL.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Stuart Heikes; maternal grandparents, Jim and Leona Potts, and Bob Petersen.