For the Love of the Children

and Their Love of the Music!

For Your Heart



If tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all that we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss some tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day is the same way,
There's no longing for the past.

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart”






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- The Ashley Willwerth Memorial Scholarship Foundation -



was founded for and is dedicated to provide financial assistance to students of bowed string instruments and their teachers with published music, supplies and tuition. It would be Ashley's wish that dedicated students of music have every opportunity to find the joy she experienced as her talent grew.



- The Purpose of this Foundation -

    Ashley worked hard to become a violinist. Her studies included Private lessons, Group lessons, Music camps, Workshops, School Orchestra, Church Orchestra, and her own hard work practicing.

    Through her years of study, she attended many special programs to advance her talent. These included participating in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Florida State University Summer Music Camps, and String Workshops throughout the Southeast.

    She worked to seize any opportunity to participate in music education programs. These type of programs are often beyond the financial feasibility for many families to allow their children to attend.

    Students and teachers need help, and we are here to provide it.

- A Letter From Ashley's Friend! -

Memories of our Friend

I was looking forward to seeing Ashley again. Such a delightful young woman; she was someone whom you look forward to seeing again and again. She was so proud to be in college and to be working toward her academic career goal - a major in political science. I would have voted for Ashley, no matter what she was running for. I have worked with many young people in my life and career - young people of different interests, orientations, and attitudes toward life. Ashley was special. Bright, generous, creative, talented, kind, open, honest and sincere in every way.

I remember one special time a couple of years ago. Ashley and my young daughter, who was about 6 years her junior, were playing violin in front of my family's business on Aviles Street in the old town. Delighted tourists stopped to listen and offered tips for the young performers, many assuming that they were sisters. Ashley insisted that my daughter take all of the money and made it very clear to me that she was there to help my daughter to feel more secure and less shy about playing for others. She didn't "feel right" about accepting the money when she was there to help a child.

Ashley was a nurturing person and a compassionate leader. She really seemed to love and enjoy teaching, entertaining and relating to children. Yet it was her cheerful, easy way of relating to people of all ages that commanded my respect. While courteous and tolerant with older people, as well, it became clearly evident as we knew her that this young woman had a mind of her own. She was not easily influenced and could think for herself.

What a wonderful leader such an individual would be for the adult world and the world of the future, too. I have wondered, at times, if God can make a mistake. Yesterday, a friend told me that when a special person is taken away from us it means that God had very important work for them to do in another place.

Ashley Willwerth cheerfully and courteously copied and collated the summer, 2004. Interfaith Perspective (Volume 2, Issue 3). I looked forward to seeing her when I delivered the Fall issue to her. I didn't get it ready in time. Now I look forward to seeing Ashley and working with her in the next life. Because I too, believe that God has a continuing purpose for this very special person in another life, at another time.

Lenora S. J. Silver,
Interfaith Counseling Services, St. Augustine Fl.

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