POTOSI, Mo. – A Potosi woman has died from COVID-19. She only lived in the town for 10 years but in that time, she touched thousands of people’s lives.
AshLee DeMarinis was a transplant from New York City. She poured her heart into the Potosi community.
She was 34.
“The day she placed here she was a blessing to this whole town and community,” said Annie Saunders, DeMarinis’ neighbor.
Most people called AshLee “Ms. D.” She taught at the middle school.
Principal Dr. Jodi Elder called her a silent leader.
“She didn’t want attention praise or recognition,” she said.
Ms. D’s students loved her.
“You could tell her anything. It was like a family member. You could talk to her about anything,” said former student Maddie Saunders.
When not at school, DeMarinis volunteered in the youth ministry at a local Catholic church.
“There was no one like her; there was no one in this world,” said student Rilee Bone.
The teacher loved by many will be buried a week from Thursday.