Her father Steve, 57, a contractor, told the MailOnline: ‘From a very young age I noticed that Ashley had a tremendous kindness streak and love of other people. She got such a joy from helping those around her and seemed to radiate kindness wherever she went.

‘My daughter has this incredible joyous, bubbly personality. I remember once when she was a young teen asking her why she was so happy all the time and she told me, “Because I choose to”. I have never forgotten that moment.’

From a story I found linked to somewhere or other, “The college student who closed her Facebook account, traded her jeans for a nun’s habit and joined a convent“.

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