|Birth: ||May 13, 1915|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 1995|
Mary Eva Cash was born on W. Maplewood Street in Marion, Illinois on May 13, 1915. Mary recalled how her mother would always check under and behind the beds when they arrived home from an outing. With only two beds, the girls would have to sleep three in a bed.
Not having a lot of money for clothes, Mary recalled how she and her sister, Anna Mae, would have to alternate wearing blouses to school.
Mary Eva met her future husband Homer L. Askew in 1931. Her mother Minnie would escort her when the couple began courting that year. When they would walk downtown, Minnie would make the young people walk ahead of her and she instructed her daughter to never let a young man put his arm around her. She could, though, allow him to hold her by the arm.
Homer courted Mary Eva from 1931 to 1936. With the depression going on, Homer had no job. Like many folks in southern Illinois, he went north to Peoria to find work. Settled in, Homer asked Mary to take a bus and come to Peoria. When her bus arrived early and Homer was not at the station, Mary got a taxi and the driver took her all over RR #3, Homer's address, looking for him. Having no luck, she returned to the bus station and was charged $35 for the ride. She was certainly glad to see Homer when he found her.
Sitting on the front porch swing one day, Homer asked Mary Eva to marry him. She responded, "You scared me." They continued to swing a little longer when Mary quietly said, "Scare me again, but you'll have to ask my Dad." Then Homer was scared. The couple married on April 18, 1936 in Peoria, Illinois.
The couple lived in Peoria for many years when Homer worked for Caterpillar Tractor. Upon returning to Southern Illinois, Homer worked at First Baptist Church, were they were members. Homer has long been active in Republican party politics and served many years as a Marion city commissioner. Mary Eva was a beautician for much of her life with her shop located in her home on the north side of Marion.
Mary Eva and Homer three children: Patsy Holland, Larry and Sammy.
Mary Eva died on March 18, 1995, and is buried at Cana Cemetery near Goreville.
Homer L Askew (1913 - 2005)*
Created by: Jeff Rodgers
Record added: Jun 12, 2007
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