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Woman hit by truck mourned

By Judith Scherr Daily Planet Staff
Friday March 23, 2001

When Jayne Ash would get off from her job as a tuberculosis controller with the State Department of Health, she’d often head for the Jazz School, not far from Hearst and Shattuck avenues, where she worked. 

Her passion was playing flute and guitar and, more recently, she’d begun to do vocals, said her brother Dan Ash of San Jose.  

Jayne Ash was struck by a truck as she crossed Shattuck Avenue on March 13. She was headed back to work from a coffee break. She died two days later.  

“She was real friendly. She could talk to almost everybody,” Dan Ash said, remembering as well his sister’s love for dancing and having fun.  

A native of Flossmoor, IL., Jayne Ash had most recently lived in Raleigh, N.C. and had come west to take the state job and to be in the Bay Area. She was the director of the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association. 

On Sunday, her friends came together at Live Oak Park for a memorial. Other friends are holding a memorial in Raleigh on April 1.  

She is survived by her mother Ruth Ash; father Myron Ash and his wife Jewel; siblings Laurel, David, and Daniel; sisters-in-law Catherine Ash and Shelley Ash; nieces, nephews and dozens of loving friends in the Bay Area, Chicago area and Raleigh. 

Donations in Ash’s name may be sent to the Jazz School Educational Scholarship Fund, 2375  

Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 94704.