Phyllis A. Askew – September 14, 2011

Phyllis Althea Askew was a remarkable woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who passed away just a week before her 94th birthday.  She will long be remembered for her loving and adventurous spirit.  She possessed an engaging persona and a positive, strong attitude which touched many lives.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the First Christian Church with Rev. Barry Loving officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Phyllis was born in Peoria, Illinois to Willis and Nellie Johnson.  In 1945 she came to Amarillo with her husband, William Burke Cline who passed away unexpectedly.  In 1950 she married Middleton L. Askew with whom she shared many wonderful years raising her daughters and enjoying their friends and relatives.  Together, they delighted in numerous activities, including taking friends water skiing, traveling in their camper trailer to many marvelous places, meeting other Good Sam Travel Club members, and enjoying Rotary International events.
As a young woman she attended the Chicago Institute of Art as an interior design student yet found herself taking every drawing and painting class offered.  She followed this passion her whole life.  She was instrumental in bringing Tole painting to Amarillo.  Finding her real talent and passion as an artist, she created exceptional oil paintings depicting Hill Country bluebonnets, New Mexico landscapes and adobes, floral still life arrangements and other works of art.
As a home maker, Phyllis became an expert seamstress, picking up one of the talents she learned while working in one the Chicago’s early department stores. She loved supporting her daughters’ activities by becoming a Girl Scout leader, poster maker, costume maker and all-round supporter of many school and church activities.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren had many opportunities to experience Phyllis.
Phyllis was a life-long member of the First Christian Church, joining when she first arrived in Amarillo. She was a member of the Rachael Group.
Survivors include her daughters, Suzy Zimmerman of Amarillo and Linda Askew and husband Scott Mathis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; granddaughter, Stacey Zimmerman and husband Sean Pittman of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandson, Mark Askew Zimmerman of Katy, Texas; and great-grandchildren Colton Farley, Cade Zimmerman and Caitlin Zimmerman.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to a favorite charity.

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