|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1899|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1993|
Anna Catherine Frickel was born on April 5, 1899, the first of seven children born to Michael and Priscilla (née Diller) Frickel on the family homestead northwest of Ringwood, Oklahoma Territory. Born of German parentage, Anna was expected to learn the German language. According to Irma (Frickel) Fullingim, a younger sister, Anna became so distressed with this that her parents no longer made this an expectation for her or for any of the children who were to follow. From the first through the eighth grades, Anna attended the nearby Englewood School, located one mile north and one mile west of the Frickel homestead. She then attended high school at Connell State Agriculture School in Helena and then on to Northwestern State College at Alva. She taught school for four years—one year in Alfalfa County and three years in Major County. The first year Anna taught was 1918, the year of the great influenza outbreak!
On May 2, 1922, she married George Edward Astley at her home near Ringwood. They moved to his mother's homestead, three miles southeast of Helena (1E-2 1/4S) where they farmed until 1954. They then moved to Helena. Anna was an active member of the Methodist Church, WSCS and WCTU. She became a member of Carwile [Wesleyan] Methodist Church at an early age, transferring her membership to Helena United Methodist Church.
Anna's husband, George, died Aug 6, 1978, two days after his 80th birthday. Anna continued living in Helena until June 1986, after which time she lived with each of her children. At the 1989 Frickel Family Reunion, held on May 29th in the community building in Helena, the extended family joined Anna's children in celebrating her 90th birthday—a noble tribute to a very honorable woman. Anna died at the age of 93 on January 14, 1993.
At the time of her death Anna was survived by her four daughters, Dorothy June Van Scyoc of Enid, OK, Georgia Ann Beasley of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, Mary Catherine Green of Pond Creek, and Shirley Jean Barnard of Enid; two sons, Arthur Donald Astley of Vidor, Texas, and Glenn Edward Astley of Enid; two sisters, Irma (Frickel) Fullingim of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Myrtle (Frickel) Ensminger of Seattle, Washington, twenty-one grandchildren; and thirty-seven great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, George Frickel, three sisters, Minnie, Lida, and Lucy, and one grandchild, Donny Astley.
Anna (Burkholder) Diller
Michael George Frickel (1859 - 1940)
Priscilla B. Diller Frickel (1872 - 1964)
George Edward Astley (1890 - 1978)
Arthur Donald Astley (1923 - 2008)*
Glenn Edward Astley (1927 - 2009)*
Good Hope Cemetery
Created by: J. Michael Fullingim
Record added: Sep 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59241572