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Greta Lee Askins

August 2, 1946January 12, 2021
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Greta Lee Askins

Born in Chicago, Illinois, August 2, 1946. At the age of 6 her family moved to Jackson, MS. She grew up with one sister in a small house on Heather Lane. She graduated from Murrah High School in 1964.

In 1969 fate triggered a series of events bringing her to Texarkana to meet the love of her life. While working as night auditor for the Sands Hotel, a handsome stranger walked into the café and asked for a cup of coffee. From that moment forward they were inseparable. On March 20, 1970, she married Jerry Askins and began a life shared over 50 years full of love, happiness, laughter, fun and travel.

She always had a great love for children. As Kindergarten Director of Calvary Baptist Church she taught countless children to count, color, read, write and use their manners. When she became a mother in 1974 to her only daughter, her life forever was filled with joy, excitement, laugher and surprise. She was known as GiGi to her grandchildren and anyone else who felt close to her.

After the Kindergarten closed, she joined her husband at the helm of his business, and together created Askins Polaris. Their hard work and effort paid off and afforded the opportunity to retire into a lifestyle of travel and leisure. During their journeys they formed life long friendships and unbreakable bonds with people across the country.

She was a member of the American Coach Association, South Central Chapter, Crusin’ Cajuns, the Texarkana Humane Society and the Red Cross. She was a strong advocate for VA Dogs of Texas, a charity very dear to her heart. She was also a charter member of the PWT Cruisers.

She was active in all aspects of life. She loved to dance. She never missed an opportunity to take a waltz around the dance floor. Her compassion and willingness to help others was apparent to everyone who knew her. Her zest for life was an inspiration to anyone who met her. She was kind, creative, driven and resourceful. She could improvise or improve any situation. She will be loved and missed by all for many years to come.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Askins; daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Kevin Furlow; grandsons, Jordan Scott Davis, Jesse Askins Davis and Kevin Jacob Furlow all of Texarkana; her mother, Jeri Gunell; sister, Martha Lewandowski; bonus daughter, Cynthia Askins; bonus granddaughters, Haley Furlow of Lubbock and Shelby Furlow of Texarkana; bonus grandson, Braxton Moody; as well as bonus great grandchildren, Cooper and Tristyn of Lubbock, TX;

Memorial service was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane.

The Askins family would like to thank all who attended Greta’s memorial service and reception. Also the many phone calls, cards and prayers.

Condolences may be left at www.eastfuneralhomes.com

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Ann Dagostino

January 19, 2021

Jerry and Nikki I am so sorry about the loss of Greta. She was a very special person and I enjoyed knowing her. You two and the rest of the family will be in my prayers. Love and hugs
John & Ann Dagostino

Tressa Garrett

January 19, 2021

I have fond memories of Mrs. Askins from when I was a little girl. She was Mrs. Stanford's aide when I was in 1st grade. I even went home with her a couple of times to do things. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Prayers for her family.

Peggy Newell Jordan

January 18, 2021

Greta and I were classmates at Murrah and we also lived only a block away...enough to get in mischief together. Once when her mom's shop was closed she decided to dye my hair. It went Hot Pink at first and when we tried to do a reversal it turned bright cherry red. My mom kept calling down for me to come home for supper and I kept stalling. She about had a fit when she saw my hair. I also remember a time it snowed (rare for Mississippi ) and all the neighborhood of kids had a huge party at her house. So fun. I had not seen her in years but would have known her in a heartbeat. She did not change and and was as pretty as ever. Family I am so sorry for your loss of this bright light.

Martha Jordan Cain

January 18, 2021

I’m so sorry to learn of Greta’s passing. I knew her in high school, and she was always larger than life! My favorite memory was in the 10th grade when she would come to school with such amazing hairdos that no one could concentrate on their lessons. She was ahead of her time with blue hair, geometrical cuts, and the highest beehive that could be!! We all swarmed around her with envy and awe- and she revealed that she was a model for hairdressers’ conventions. She was filled with fun, vitality, and a beautifully free spirit! Rest In Peace, dear Greta. ❤️

Wanda Clay Garner

January 18, 2021

So very sorry to hear this. What a great
smiling face and smiling spirit. She will be greatly missed.

Frank, Ashleigh, Bronwyn & Buck Buchanan

January 16, 2021

Greta was such a joy always! Her smile so contagious and her spirit unstoppable. She will be so very missed at Holly Mound and by al of the many lives she touched throughout the country. Much love to Jerry and all of the family.

Dave & Linda Raffa

January 16, 2021

Jerry and family;
Beautiful Tribute to Greta! She Always had a Contagious Smile! We always enjoyed getting together with you and Greta at Cruisin Cajuns and American Coach Rally’s! Your Classic Caddy was the Perfect Car for you both! Bright Pink and Cheery! Perfect Couple for 50 Years! We will miss Greta’s Smile and Presence on this Earth but the Great Memories of Greta will Last Forever!

So Sorry for Your Loss!
Dave & Linda Raffa

Windy Brown

January 16, 2021

Jerrie, so sorry for your loss.
Windy Brown 501-304-3285

Marilyn Metcalf Huber

January 15, 2021

Jerry,
I am so sorry for your loss. I just saw Greta's obituary as I was looking for Bobby Easley's obituary. I pray that God will fill your heart with precious memories and loving thoughts of Greta at this time and in the days to come.

I have been living in Shreveport since I married in 1975. I moved my father James Metcalf here about 2005. He passed away in 2013. I've lost contact with Sharon but please give her my best.

Again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Marilyn Metcalf Huber

Mary and Tony Johnson

January 14, 2021

We are just so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

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