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Sandra B Sanders

My Condolences and prayers to the Family💕 I worked with her at Kmart. She was a very loving and caring person. She had the most beautiful smile which I will always remember. God Bless her Family and Love Ones. R.I.P.

Jessica Fine-Barnes

I'm sad to hear of your passing. I enjoyed working with you at Kmart. I remember our days working together and all the laughs we had. Sending love and prayers to your family


My dear brother you are in my thoughts and heartfelt prayers. May Gemma's love for you guide and protect you.

Misty Harris

Gemma, it was a pleasure working with you. You always made me laugh and had an amazing smile!! You will be missed!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!

Chris Bryan

John, I am so sorry for the loss of Gemma. I always enjoyed seeing you at church. Prayers for you and your family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

Fida & Gary Webb

It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know you Gemma. You will be missed dearly. Rest in Peace my friend. John, wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but know we are with you through your grief.

Cynthia DiBlasi

R.I.P. Gemma .. You will be missed💕Thoughts and Prayers to your family

Lisa Cheshire

I had the pleasure of working with Gemma at Publix. She is a lovely woman who will be greatly missed.

Mr & Mrs Timothy Conway

Gemma, you will be missed. May your soul rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolences to John and Family during this time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Gemma U. Ashmead


Gemma U. Ashmead, 53, of Fernandina Beach passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 at Baptist Medical Center, Nassau.

Born and raised in the Philippines, she was a daughter of Pedro and Viloleta Umagtam.

She and her husband, John Ashmead first met in Hong Kong prior to the Chinese takeover in the late 1990’s. They maintained a friendship through phone calls and letters. She moved to Canada at the time of the succession and they married soon after.

She was an amazing and loving lady whom John cared for dearly over the course of their 25-year marriage. Gemma worked for several years in the Publix bakery in Fernandina Beach. Prior to her health declining, she and John attended Memorial United Methodist Church where she helped with family night suppers.

In addition to her husband, John she leaves behind her sister, Bren Dornier of Jacksonville as well as her parents, Pedro and Violeta Umagtam and her sisters and brother, Missy, Hilda, Rhoda, Marisol, Jaimie and Ricky, all of whom still reside in the Philippine, as well as several close friend.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors with Pastor Mark Charles officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

She will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery.


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