Ashley Marie Wells lived her life in service of her Lord.

A memorial service for the 23-year-old Redondo Beach woman, who died in a single-vehicle crash at a Torrance intersection on July 8, was held Saturday evening, July 18, at the Hermosa Beach Pier to celebrate her life.

Wells was killed when a Dodge Charger with five occupants — including Wells in the front passenger seat — collided with a light pole at the intersection of 190th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance police said.

Friends, family, members of her congregation and other lives she had touched in her short time remembered Wells for all the light she brought into the world.

Marley Capper, one of Wells’ best friends, recalled how their friendship began eight years ago through her kindness.

“My family had just transferred to Redondo Beach and she was the first friend I made,” Capper said. “Ashley had found my phone after I lost it at school. She got ahold of me and we met up and she was my best friend ever since.”

“Ashley was loving, truthful, honest and humble. I never thought this is something I’d have to do,” Capper added.

Wells, who just celebrated her birthday on June 28, was the youngest member of the Board of Directors of the City of Refuge’s Women’s Ministry, where she organized and led monthly gatherings of women in the congregation. Wells was part of City of Refuge Church’s congregation in Gardena.

She ran for the El Camino Community College track and field team from 2016-17, and later attended Biola University on a track and field scholarship.

But she had a calling in life beyond athletics.

“Ashley had started her religious path early in life,” said Marla Liebling, a family friend of Wells. “She was torn between being a really rock solid Pentecostal Christian and a young 23-year-old girl. She didn’t have need for earthly desires.”

She was also the founder of South Bay Conservatives, who most recently protested along the Esplanade in Redondo Beach over the closing of beaches for July 4th weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The conservative group planned to hold a celebration of life for her along the Esplanade in Redondo by Avenue A at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

“[My daughter] loved the Lord and she brought His light into anyone’s life she touched,” said Lenora Wells, Ashley’s mother.

“I am going higher in Jesus name,” Wells wrote in her last post on Facebook.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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