A visitation will be held from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Mangum Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at McClelland Cemetery.
Edna E. Askew, 95, died peacefully in her home in Center, Texas, by request, where she resided with granddaughter Bridgett Lout and husband, Josh. She was born on March 29, 1926, in Milam, Texas, to Wallace and Eula Russell, and raised in Milam as the youngest child of six.
As a young girl, Edna was given the nickname “Monkey” because it was known that when her mother would try to correct her with a switch, Edna would run away and climb to the tip-top of a tree, out of reach just so that she wouldn’t get a switchin’. This nickname stuck with her for the remainder of her life with those that knew and loved her most. Of course as time went on, she became a Momma, and then a Memaw.
Memaw graduated from Hemphill High School in 1943. She was a doting mother and attentive grandmother, who went out of her way to make sure each person knew they were thought of and loved. She loved cooking and was always eager to prepare meals when family members would gather in her presence cooking each individual their favorites. She was a great cook, but of all things, she was most known for her broccoli cornbread. Memaw loved all sports, but baseball was her favorite.
Memaw was always up for a road trip even if it were simply to see a loved one. She was quite adventurous and loved most anything that would allow her to travel. Even at 95, and just before her journey to her heavenly home, she was willing to take a trip just see something and get out. She felt freedom while being on the road. Her most favorite time to travel was while it was raining. While most would be cautious about being on a wet road, Memaw found it soothing and a little thrilling especially if she could go during a storm. She loved stormy weather and found beauty in it.
Memaw was a very strong, independent, and sassy woman who was very witty and filled with spunk. She was very sarcastic and always would pick and play; a prankster for sure. Memaw had a way with words and you knew where you stood with her, but she was always careful and nurturing while doing so. Memaw spent most of her last days working crossword puzzles and reading her Bible. She would talk of Heaven and reminisce about growing up. She told lots of stories being she lived through the Great Depression, cotton picking, and farming with her family. Memaw knew the importance of family and soaked up every minute she could.
Edna is survived by her daughter, Kayla Midgette and Andy of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; sons, Lance Moton of Shelbyville, Texas, Gary Moton and Shari of Fannett, Texas, Stacy Askew and Barbara of League City, Texas, and Brian Askew and Deanna of Center, Texas; fourteen grandchildren, and numerous great and great great grandchildren.
Edna is preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Mickey Moton; and a special great grandson, Cade Faust.
Pallbearers include Jacob Jackson, Trace Jackson, Trevor Jackson, Justin Mitchell, Jaxon Mitchell, and Danny Moton.
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