Lucille Rogers Ashley was born in 1906 on “the Rogers Place” located 3.5 miles north of Frisco. It was settled in 1850 when her grandfather and great grandfather moved here from Tennessee. Education was in her roots early on, as the first community school house was built on the Rogers place in 1852! She was raised in a home centered around the Methodist church and the importance of education – life lessons she took to heart.
Mrs. Ashley taught school for 41 years, most of those years in the Frisco ISD. She taught at the elementary, junior high and high school levels and was also a principal at one time at a small school in south Dallas. She was an outstanding teacher and role model and made learning fun. When she died in 1991, former student Janice Watkins wrote a note to her only daughter telling her how much she had admired Mrs. Ashley. “I’ve always heard that at least one teacher would make a lasting impression in a person’s life. For me, this was your mother. I can see her today, standing in front of her desk, reading Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island. She was truly a wonderful person and I admired her greatly,” she wrote.
Mrs. Ashley was truly a renaissance woman of her time. As a college student at Texas Women’s University, she broke athletic records in track for hurdles and was written up in the county paper as the “best woman athlete TWU had ever seen.” She was also the pitcher on the softball team and high scorer on the basketball team. While in school she studied to be a concert pianist and was the university’s prodigy, once playing on stage with 100 other grand pianos. All these talents served her well in her profession. Her athletic ability allowed her to be the teacher playing kickball at recess with the students. Her musical ability allowed her to also teach music, piano and to be a choir director and organist at church. Upon retirement, she remained a substitute teacher in the Frisco schools, while she continued to be a learner by developing her artistic side with oil painting classes. Her inspiration caused many of her students to become educators, including her daughter, who taught in Texas and New York schools for 33 years. Mrs. Ashley was living in New York near her daughter, son in law and grandchildren at the time of her death.