Mary Jane Askew

Sunrise: January 31, 1954

Sunset: June 17, 2020

Mary J. Askew departed this life June 17, 2020. She leaves to cherish her memories her devoted husband and life partner Lawrence E. Winfield, faithful and beloved sisters, Carolyn L. Whittaker (Oscar Depriest), Thirkell Wright, and Doretha Askew; brothers Thomas Askew (Christine) and William Askew; faithful and dedicated nieces-sisters Myrna D. Whittaker and Dr. Lydia Whittaker Simmons (James); committed nieces Margaret Evans and Jacqueline Boone; and special nephews, Adam Askew and James Simmons


Viewing Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:00am Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church 1057 Kennedy Street Norfolk, VA 23513 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    LaVern Williams-Morris and Carl Williams says

    Our sincerest condolences to the family. We were fortunate to know Mary many years ago. She was then as in latter years a loving and caring person. May you find comfort in your memories and in knowing that she has transitioned to her eternal home where comfort and peace await her.

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    Janet McCoy says

    My prayers are with her husband and family.known Mary over 30yrs .God grace and mercy has spoken

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    Valerie Jones says

    When the heart is grieving God comes near to bring His comfort, to catch every tear. I knew Mary when we were children. To her family, may God hold you close, comfort you gently, and carry you through.

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    Pam and Tracie Paige says

    My prayers are with the family

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    Audrey Askew says

    Mary was more than a sister in law she was a sister, I give my condolences to Lawrence and the family, Remember death ends a life, not a relationship.๐Ÿ’

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    Cheryl N. Mosley says

    Mary Askew, a long time neighbor, friend and will always have a special place in my family and heart. I give my condolences to the family at this time. Wow!!! What a person to lose!!!

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      Sandria White Hughes says

      Please accept my sincere condolences for the lost of your sister. Auntie, friend, and sister in Christ. Mary was a kind and loving person. She fought a great fight. Be at peace in knowing that she now has her crown in Heaven. God bless and cover you with His love.

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        Lolita Johnson says

        Our condolences to the Winfield & Askew Families. May God give you all strength, comfort & peace๐Ÿ™Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal ๐Ÿ™
        Michael & Lolita Johnson

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    Gainey Robin says

    Heart felt sympathy extended to Lawrence and your family. Keep you in perfect peace. Sisterly,
    Irene Gaines and Robin Gainey

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    Frank & Joan Felder says

    May God keep you and the memories near, and the peace of Christ comfort you during this time of transistion. Sending heartfelt love and prayers of comfort to and for the family.

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    Judith Walston-Henderson says

    Saddened to hear of the passing of my classmate from Norview High School. My condolences are sent to her family.

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    Saundra L. Sears Bethea-Pegues says

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences I extend it to this family. I am so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing and we just last texted each other the earlier part of last week. She had a very loving and sweet personality and was beautiful inside and out. I pray that God will Comfort strengthen and give peace to the family and friends. Gone but never forgotten. Love and hugs sent. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™โคโค

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    Arlethia Sharpe says

    My condolences to the Askew family and May God be with you, comfort you and give you strength ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ


    Arlethia Lamb Sharpe

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    Sayonyah Lynn Askew says

    I want to give my condolences to my family, I miss my Aunt she was truly an Aunt that loved me. My heart is broken. I send my deepest deepest sympathy. to my uncle Lawrence.

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    Carter & Michelle Johnson says

    My DEAR, GOOD Friend. Rest in Paradise. Thanks for all of your encouragement over the years. Will miss your gentle spirit.

    Love you much.
    Blessings and condolences to family and friends.

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    Phyllis M. Carter says

    My deepest condolences to Lawrence and Mary’s family. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, we worked together for over 30 years.
    She really loved her family and spoke of you all often. I pray that God will give you comfort.

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    Kirsten I. Johnson (Kirt) says

    Condolences to the Askew family. One of the good ones has gone on. Mary will be truly missed. Pray that God continues to bless you

    Love you Mary Askew.

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    Paula Winston-Snead says

    Cousin Mary,
    I will truly miss you. I will miss your wittiness and you bold ways of being honest. I’m glad I got the chance to see you the week before you past away. You fought a great fight, now it’s time for the Lord to grant you Eternal rest! Don’t worry, I’ll keep Lawrence in check for you (you know that won’t be easy).

    “Death Leaves A Heartache No One Can Heal-Love Leaves A Memory No One Can Steal”

    Peace Be Steal,

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    Leslie Bethune says

    May you rest in heaven my dear Aunt Mary. You were a great influence in my life growing up and I am thankful for that. You were an awesome, and strong black women, a woman I looked up too. Love you!!!

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      Deborah White says

      My heartfelt condolences are extended to Lawrence, and the Askew and Winfield families. Mary’s smile could light up a room and her laughter brighten your spirit. She was a dear friend and will be greatly missed. May God strengthen and comfort you now and in the days to come.

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    Lezeria " Bunny " Liverpool Marsh says

    Condolences to family and friends on the loss of your loved one during this most difficult time. Keeping all uplifted in my thoughts and prayers. I remember Mary well we graduated together and she would tell me that people won’t always pick on me and she was right even when I saw her at the Norview Reunion we laugh about it and I told her I appreciated the times that her words made my day much better. Thank you you know how much it meant to me.

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    Lillian Hatcher says

    My Condolences to the family of Ms Askew. I had the pleasure of knowing her while she was a patient at Sentara Providence Road. She will truly be missed and it really was heart felt to know of her passing. We at Sentara Family Medicine Providence Roads send our Condolences. She was such a kind lady .

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    Vernell Gray says

    To The Family of Mary Askew
    A Family friend, A Mighty Pilot & A long time church member back to the Young Voices. You have our deepest sympathy. She fought a good fight to the end. RIP. May the peace of God be with your.
    Sisters Vernell M. & Esther M. Gray

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    Avis Fowler says

    My deepest Condolences to Lawrence Winfield, Mrs. Carolyn Whittaker, Myrna Whittaker, Lydia Simmons and family. Sending prayers of comfort to the family.

    Avis Braxton Fowler

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    Head, Edwards (Vanessa) TITUSTOWN, DIVEN STREET says

    Lawrence and Family, Condolences and prayers for comfort during your hours of grief.

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    Lessie Newton Nieves & Family says

    To Doretha and the Askew Family, our deepest condolences on the passing of Mary. My family and I are praying that you find comfort and peace thru the blessings of the Lord.

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    Minni Freeman says

    I will forever miss my friend, regardless of what we discussed God was always a reference point.

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    Minni Freeman says

    I will forever miss my friend, regardless of what we discussed God was always a reference point. Love and hugs to the entire family.

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    Jimmy and Cindy Newsome says

    To gaze on Mary Jane’s countenance is to glimpse the radiance of the glory of God. May she rest in peace. We honor her and thank God for her witness and her service.

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    De Lois D Toran Vann says

    To the Askew Family, I’m so deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mary, She was a very dear friend and classmate that always greeted me with a big hug and smile. I will have such fond memories of her always. Keeping you all in prayer and may God bless you always.

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    Mark and Angie Carney says

    Praying With and For The Entire Family. Praying For The Peace and Comfort That Only GOD Can Give Be Present and That It Be Felt. Mary Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People, She Will Be Sorely Missed and Forever Remembered…
    Mark and Angie Carney

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    Looney Mcglone says

    Our deepest condolences to the Askew Family.
    Praying that you find comfort during this time of sadness.
    Looney and Jill ๐ŸŒน

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    A. Candy Minix-Copeland says

    My thoughts and prayers to Maryโ€™s family and Lawrence. We worked together for the City of Norfolk (Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response). I will truly miss Mary. She really loved her family!
    RIH Maryโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ข.

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    Michael & Theresa Baker says

    To Lawrence and the Winfield and Askew Families,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cherish the fond memories of Mary, and draw on your faith that God will see you through.
    Michael & Theresa Baker

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    Letitia Franklin says

    To Lawrence and the Askew family…I am truly sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. May God strengthen you when moments of weakness surface. And let the memories of her be your rays of sunshine. She has been a life friend of mine and our family!

    Prayers and Blessings,
    Letitia Franklin and The Franklin Family

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      Lolita Johnson says

      Our condolences to the Winfield & Askew Families. May God give you all strength, comfort & peace๐Ÿ™Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal ๐Ÿ™
      Michael & Lolita Johnson

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    Eloise Neal-Moore says

    My deepest sympathy to the Winfield and Askew families. Mary was a joyful and delightful person. I so enjoyed being in her company. May her soul find joy in the presence of our Lord.

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    Joyce Drew Freeman says

    I am so saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. Such a beautiful person with a wonderful spirit. My prayers to the Winfield and Askew family.

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