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Mavis Askland

September 25, 1927 - April 03, 2015

Memorial Service - Thursday

April 09, 2015 2:00pm

Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo

Interment Service

April 07, 2015
2:00pm - 2:00pm

Riverside Cemetery, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Mavis Askland

September 25, 1927 - April 03, 2015


Mavis (Mitchell) Askland was born September 25, 1927 to William and Anna Mitchell, at a farm home in Erie, ND. Dr. James was the doctor. She passed into the arms of her savior at home on Friday, April 3, 2015. Her folks taught her the “Love of the Lord”.

Mavis went to country school at Muskada, MN. She graduated from Glyndon High School in 1945. She attended Fargo Business College, worked for Dakota Colleries Co/North Dakota Lignite Co. for 10 years. Mavis and Tom Askland were married April 2, 1957 (Skipping April Fools Day). Mavis was an avid bridge player. Her favorite quote was, “Go with the flow.”

Mavis was preceded in death by parents (William and Anna Mitchell), brothers (Russell and Gerald), and sisters (Gloria and Lois). She is survived by her husband, Tom; her sister, Janis (Pierre, SD); two daughters, Linda Semanko (Murray)-Fargo, Nancy Fischer (Bryan)-West Fargo. Two grandchildren, Lauren Semanko (Bozeman, MT), and Cole Semanko(Fargo).


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15 responses to “Mavis Askland”

  1. Lonna Askland-Rinke says:

    You never are prepared to say good bye, especially when it’s someone so special. Mavis was the best aunt, being so kind and patient and a great cook (homemade tomato soup). Her singsong phrases, “oh dear, bread and beer, if I were married I wouldn’t be here,” and “keep it between the ditches” will always be a reminder of what a fun person she was. You always think that if I had one last time, what would I have said. No words seem to be enough. You’ll be missed. Love, Lonna

  2. E John & Brenda Carlson says:

    Dear Dr. Tom and Family;

    We are in AZ for the winter and read of Mavis’ passing. We wish to send our sincere condolences to you and your family in the passing of such a gracious lady. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. God bless the memory of Mavis Askland!

  3. Dale and Marilyn Larson says:

    Dr. Tom & family—-We to are still in AZ. and learned of Mavis’s passing! Our prayers are with you all during this time of loss and adjustment! A great lady will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have her touch their lives. A loss, yes! but she’s in a better place now! GOD Bless our memories of her earthly life!!

  4. Donna Christianson says:

    I’m sorry Nancy to see the passing of your mother. You have so many happy memories to get you through this time. Sending my sympathy.

  5. Gwen (Mitchell) Schneekloth says:

    Dear Tom and Family
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am so glad I was able to get reacquainted with Mavis in the past few years…Our thoughts and prayers re with you.
    Gwen and Bob Schneekloth
    (Daughter of Mavis’s cousin, Gordon Mitchell)

  6. Kathy Yohe says:

    I have such fond memories of Mavis as she was always so welcoming and friendly. She gave me some advice years ago that I have never forgotten. She told me to have friends of all ages and I have always taken her advice to heart. She was absolutely right! She had a bridal shower for Kent and I and every time I use the beautiful silver covered casserole I think of her. May God bless her memory. Tom, Linda, Nancy and families you have my most sincere condolences.

  7. Marv & Nancy Greenberg says:


    We were so saddened to hear of Mavis’s passing. She was a strong, wonderful, caring woman with a beautiful soul and will be missed by everyone that had the privilege of meeting and knowing her.

    I will stop by in a week or two and see if we can make you some dinners – or if you need anything else since we are right across the street at the corner of River Drive and Hackberry.

    Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Marv & Nancy Greenberg

  8. Ruth Engh Westrick says:

    Tom and family,
    Tom, may I offer my condolences to you and your family,
    I was pleased that I got to meet Mavis at a friend’s birthday party a year or two ago.
    May your memories of your special times with Mavis comfort you now and forever.



  10. Betsy Anderson says:

    Mavis was a great lady and one of my Dad’s favorite cousins! Sending hugs to Tom and Family!

  11. Roger and Cindy Lee says:

    Sincere Condolences to the Askland Family. Thoughts and prayers surround you all. God Bless the memory of Mavis Askland.


    Roger and Cindy Lee

  12. Jennifer and Jerry Johnson says:

    Dear Tom, Linda, Nancy & Family:

    We want to send our prayers and condolences to all of you at the death of Mavis. We all have such good memories of her smile and her laughter. She always saw the positive in any situation. It was a privilege to know her. We will keep you in our thoughts in the coming days.

  13. Jackie (Szczur) Shaw says:

    Tom, Nancy, Linda and families: Our deepest sympathies to you from all the Szczurs in the passing of Mavis. She was loved by all of us for her charm, sense of humor and care for others. Tom, Mavis, Julian and Florence had such wonderful times together back in those early years in Wahpeton… Please know we are thinking of you…. Jackie (Szczur) Shaw

  14. michael johnson says:

    Uncle Tom, Linda, Nancy, Murray, Lauren and Cole

    So sorry to hear about Auntie Mavis. We will keep you all in our prayers. I remember my Mom Gloria having so much fun talking and writing to her big sister.


    Michael and Mousumi Johnson and Family

  15. Jim Kenward says:

    Mavis always had a beautiful smile when I talked to her about our beloved Page, ND. Mavis reminded me of a mutual friend by the name of Virginia Strain who too was from Page but now retired in California. Mavis and Virginia were high school classmates that continued to keep in-touch over the years. Mavis will be missed.

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