Carol M Askew
December 4, 1936 – December 15, 2012
Carol passed from this life peacefully on December 15th 2012. She was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on December 4th 1936 to Dana and Alice (Oliver) Symonds. The majority of her childhood was spent in San Diego with her two younger sisters Donna and Alice. She later moved to the Seattle area where she spent the majority of her life. She has been described as Strong, Resilient, A Survivor, Accepting, Fiercely Loving, Hilarious, A Rock, The Matriarch, Best Friend, Wife, Sister, Auntie, Nana and Mom.
Her life was full of greatness and wonder. She was a bank teller, worked in a bingo hall, traveled with the carnival (where she owned several booths), and ran a daycare for the last 23 years of her life. Her friendships were strong and everlasting.
Carol Mae is survived by her loving husband of 33 years Jerry Askew, sister Donna Shinn (Kirkland) and Alice Vicek (St. Louis, MO), 3 sons, Dana Chaffin (Redmond), Scott Chaffin (Colbert), and Tom Askew (Issaquah), 2 Step-Children Laura (Askew) Brantner (Durand, WI) and Steve Askew (Poulsbo), 11 grandchildren Jason, Tanner, Hanna, Melissa, Neil, Summer, Erika, India, Ivy, Lisa and Makayla, many cherished nieces and nephews and cousins and countless families whose children she cared for at Happy Days Day Care.
Carol, to you everyone was family and you will be truly missed by so many. Go in peace knowing that the foundation that you worked so hard to create will sustain for generations and that you life was success. Well done my good and faithful one.
An Open House Celebration of Life will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Home 1215 145th Place SE Bellevue on Wednesday December 19th from 6pm-9pm. As Carol would have liked, this is an informal event, come as you see fit, when you like.
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Carol M Askew
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January 13, 2013
oh how I miss my beautiful mother in law. I am so blessed to have had her in my life.
December 20, 2012
Carol and my mom AnnaMay were best friends for over 40 years. Carol was always my auntie, and 4 years ago when my mom passed away, Carol stepped into the mother role for me, always with loving words, and gentle advice. We were family. I am at a loss since her passing, and miss her terribly. She was an amazing woman who cared about everyone. I love you Carol! Have fun being reunited with my mom! You can rest knowing that you built a strong family, and touched SO many lives!
December 19, 2012
She helped shape the man I am becoming. Aunt Carol taught me to be okay with who I am becoming. She said, "you don't have to direct the traffic, just be along for the ride." She was the wisest women I know. I loved her very much and life just wont be the same without her. Go rest high on that mountain your work here is done. I love you aunt Carol...
December 19, 2012
We are deeply sadden to hear of Carol's passing. She was one of the "Moms" in our small cul-de-sac that all the kids loved. She had a big heart and made every child feel special. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry and Terri Johnson