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Mildred Elaine Askea

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MILDRED ELAINE ASKEA Oct. 6, 1928 - March 23, 2011

Mildred Elaine Askea was born October 6, 1928 in rural Blue Earth County, Minnesota to Fred and Emma Barnett. She grew up on a farm and attended Lakeview School through the 8th grade and Lake Crystal High School where she graduated in 1946. She attended Mankato Commercial College to become a bookkeeper. She moved to Owatonna, Minnesota and worked at Buxton Insurance. There she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Askea. They married April 9, 1950 at the Congregational Church on Easter Sunday after the Sunrise Service. His job meant many moves and they lived in 5 states - some of them twice. She worked for the Commerce and Agricultual department for four years, in Topeka, KS.

Until the youngest child was in the 5th grade, she had the privilege of being a stay at home mom. The last 18 years before retirement she was office manager for the business they owned here in Chico, North Valley Printing and Publishing.

She is survived by their four children: Michael (Ruth) Askea, Ooltewah, TN; William (Lora) Askea, Durham, CA; Tammara Askea, Chico, CA; Amy Littlefield (Tod), Brown's Valley, CA, two sisters, Hazel Padgette, Brainerd, MN and Edyth Stahnke, St. Paul, MN.; 12 grandchildren: Jacob (Maria) Askea, Meaghan Askea, and Peter (Christy) Askea; Rachel (Graham) Northrop, Will, Emma, and Walt Askea; Jaime Gerving, and Phillip (Karrisa) Vigo; Adria, Jordan, and Tyler Littlefield; eight great grandchildren: Eddera Gerving; Hayden, Hadley and Harper Askea, Kadan and Augustus Askea, Adalena Vigo; and Natalie Northrop.

Preceding her in death were her husband Bill, her parents, two brothers; Frank and Alfred, five sisters; Mable Pottsmith, Vera Jepson, Irene Pavy, Ruth Willams, and Eunice Anderson.

At her request there will be a graveside service for the immediate family only at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Monitary donations may be given to Butte Home Health and Hospice.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 29, 2011
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