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Ashley Marie Karaianis-Lucas

Ashley Marie Karaianis-Lucas, 24 of Decatur formerly of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:23 p.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. She was born on December 26, 1996 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Betty Karaianis and Rick Reid and raised by Delores Lucas and Jennifer Verardi. She worked as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist at Crossings in Decatur and she also served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.

She is survived by her parents: Betty Karaianis and Rick Reid; Aunt: Jennifer (Nick) Verardi of Langleyville, IL; Twin-Sister: Sara (Jamie) Ibarra of San Diego, CA; Cousins: Victoria and Vinny Verardi who she considered her siblings and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers: Delores Lucas and Geraldine Drnjevic.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Safe Passage C/O: Chief Duane Wheeler 108 W. Vine St. Taylorville, IL 62568.  

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Christian Wade Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM

I only met her once and found her to be a remarkably brave, kind person. She struck me as very passionate , someone who was dedicated to helping others. I am incredibly sad to hear of her passing. Prayers for the family.

Deana Elmore Mar 11 2021 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to the family. I knew Ashley because she was in bootcamp with my daughter, Cheyenne Kenney Paterson. She was a sweet and beautiful young lady. She meant a lot to my daughter. May she Rest In Peace and will forever be in our hearts.

Dawn Hartwell Mar 11 2021 12:00 AM

Ashley was such a kind and caring person . Semper Fidelis- "Always Faithfull"- was her code as well as her way of loving all who knew her. A truly brilliant spirit who will be sorely missed. Carry on Marine !

Dougie Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ashley Karaianis-Lucas

Kristi Palmer Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

Jennifer & families - My thoughts are with you -- I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Yolanda Marucco Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

This one hurts. She was such a free spirit, and when I was around her she was always smiling. One thing is for sure she loved Victoria and Vinny, and was always doing something with them... she will be missed so much. Nick & Jennifer I know you guys are hurting along with Victoria and Vinny. Please know that she will always be with you.

Mandy Dugan Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers to your family. It was a blessing to have known Ashley. She was a rare gem and had a mission to tell her story. She will be remembered by many.

Karyn Smith Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

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