Marjorie Ann Elam Askew, age 90, entered into rest on July 20, 2021 in Council Bluffs after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Leroy H. and Ellen D. Elam. Marjorie was born in McFall Missouri on April 20, 1931. She was the oldest of three children, later joined in the home by Jo Ellen and the late Leroy (L.H.). Her father was a teacher and Superintendent and Marjorie grew up across Northern Missouri in various small towns, ending up in Thurman, Iowa. She met Edward F. Askew in high school and they later married. They moved to San Antonio, Texas where Ed was serving in the Air Force. They later returned to Thurman and set up their home on the family farm. Marjorie and Ed had 5 children; Margaret, Edward Jr., Rebecca, John and Catherine. They lived on the farm until 2000, when they moved to Council Bluffs. After Ed's death, Marjorie moved to Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs. Marjorie enjoyed living on the farm, gardening, canning, volunteering at school, caring for her children and keeping the farm running smoothly. There wasn't a job she wouldn't tackle, always urging her children to keep working till the job was done! She was very proud that she raised hard working and successful children. She emphasized the value of education, and encouraged all her children to get advanced college degrees. Later in life, Marjorie and Ed purchased a small place in Belize, where they spent every winter for 30 years. There, as everywhere they traveled, they made close lifelong friends. When not traveling, Marjorie enjoyed working in various political campaigns across Iowa. She was a Delegate at the 1976 and 1980 Republican National Conventions and traveled the State working for the Iowa Republican Party. She was a dynamo, making calls, passing out literature door to door, putting up signs and fundraising. She was sought out by Ronald Reagan himself to help his campaign, as he knew she would "get the job done". At Risen Son Christian Village, Marjorie will be remembered for her love of bingo, her dancing skills, and her outgoing personality. She made close friendships with many residents and caregivers, with everyone having a personal favorite "Marge Story". She always missed the farm and her flowerbeds, but she never missed the weeding! Services will be held July 26, 2021 at 10 a.m., at St. John's United Church of Christ located at 400 Cloverdale Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa. There will be a reception with friends and family after with coffee and cookies. Burial will be at a later date. The family requests memorials to the church in lieu of flowers.
Published by The Daily Nonpareil on Jul. 24, 2021.