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Maureen Askew

It is with great sadness that the family of Maureen Askew announces her passing on October 25, 2018 at her home in Cavalier, ND. She was 84 years of age.

Francis Maureen Jenson was born in Neche, ND on October 24, 1934 to Harold Jenson, Sr. and Marguerite (Nevens) Jenson. A true character since her early years, Maureen was one-of-a kind. Strong, determined, and deeply caring, she made an impression wherever she went and to everyone she met. She would grow up to graduate from Neche High School and married Russell Askew upon his return from the Korean War. She raised two beloved children and doted on her four grandchildren and one great grand-child.

You could often find Maureen in her backyard (most likely with a cat on her shoulder), meticulously tending to the flowers and plants in her gardens. With her God-given green thumb, it brought her great joy to nurture and grow her beautiful arboretum, for which she was well known and praised throughout the area.

Her story would not be complete without mention of her profound love and compassion for animals in need, most notably, stray cats in the area. The constant stream of Friskies, milk, and a heated cat-sized refuge house in the backyard, guaranteed a stop by felines without a home.
Maureen had a razor-sharp wit and filled the lives of those closest to her with sarcastic humor and a generosity that knew no bounds. She was fiercely loyal and overflowed with pride for her family, showing insurmountable devotion and love, and making sure each one knew they were her “star”. She was an avid Bison fan and was especially proud when her son, Mark, played football for NDSU and daughter, Robin, was a baton twirler in the Gold Star Marching Band.

She will be deeply missed and has left an irreplaceable mark on loved ones who survive her including her devoted husband of 66 years, Russell Askew of Cavalier; loving children, Mark Askew (Lisa) of Fargo; Robin Jenkins of Warrenton,VA ; sister Evelyn Borg of International Falls, MN; grandchildren Brandon Askew (Kayle) of Fargo; Brittany Askew of Fort Worth, TX; Cody Jenkins (Kelly) of Red Feather Lakes, CO; Boomer Jenkins of Fairfax, VA; and great-grandchild, Laken Askew of Fargo, ND. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold Jenson, Sr. and Marguerite Jenson, three brothers and three sisters.

There will never be another Maureen Askew. A unique blend of beautiful, strong, loyal, and lovable, she is truly unforgettable. She was remembered at a small, private family service on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Cavalier, ND. Any memorials are requested in the form of donations to the Humane Society of the United States (1255 23rd Street NW, Suite 450, Washington DC 20037) or by adopting an animal in need of a loving home as this is how Maureen would have wanted it.

Condolences may be sent to Russell Askew, P.O. Box 266, Cavalier, ND 58220.

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Russell, Mark, Robin and families, Just thinking about Maureen again. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Kaye

Kaye Sott Jan 5 2019 12:00 AM

Robin and family, so sorry for your loss .She will be missed.May she rest in peace love to you and family Lori

Lori Knittel Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for the family's loss. Thoughts and prayers to Russell, Mark and Robin. Her family was everything to her.

Carol Greenwood Berg Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so happy I got to spend with your Mom and Dad. God bless

Diane olson Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

Dear friends of my youth and so many great memories of that youth, blessings, peace and prayers for comfort at this time of transition. My memories of Maureen are full of a beautiful, gracious woman. Gentle, loving and gracious. A role model, indeed. And a pretty great family, too. Happy memories. May your memories fill you with joy and love. Blessings, Cathy (Freschette) Hendricks

Cathy (Freschette) Hendricks Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

Russell,Mark Robin and family: Maureen was a one of a kind for sure and a very classy lady ! She loved her family so very much and touched so many lives with her spirit and wit! She will be missed immensely ! God bless

Beth Thomson Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM

Hello, I was Maureen's hairstylist in Grand Forks for a few years back in the early 2000s. She was a wonderful woman and I was always excited to get to visit with her when she came in. She will be greatly missed. God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

Holly Evitts Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM

Russell, Mark & Robin and Family, I always remember when I worked at the DQ how your folks would come and get a bucket of chicken and while they waited for the chicken to be done they would order an ice cream cone for their dog. It was a given that every time they came there would be a treat for their puppy/dog. Your MOM always a smile even through her bad days-always a big Hello. Their yard was always done to perfection and the water fall in the side yard always a treat to look at. May your find comfort in all who surround you providing with that comfort-strength, courage and faith. God bless Maureen's memory and God bless all of you. Don & Michelle Murray

Don & Michelle Murray Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM

Saw Maureen @ grocery store not long ago. Blurred out, " Haven't seen you for years." She had a big smile & beautiful laugh. Marilyn Bjornson, my sister felt bad with her loss and told of how you 2 young couples had apartments on top of the old Brandhagen movie theater. The good visiting & card playing with Marilyn & Fred Bjornson. God bless you & your family.

Roberta cox Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry Russell and family for your loss. Maureen was a wonderful person, and our neighbor for many years. I still remember the first time I met her after we moved in across the street. Plants she gave me to transplant in my yard just because she thought I needed them, to calling me to not let the city cut down my trees in front of my house. I loved walking over to visit when she was out in the yard working on her flowers. She was my go to person to get an opinion on what I should do with my yard or where I should plant a tree she was always there to give her expert opinion, She will be truly missed!!!

Terry and Brenda Carignan Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

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