She was 82.
Jean was born August 27, 1931 at College Place, WA to Elmer C. and Jesse Danielson Newman.
Jean married Robert M. Askins on July 17, 1950 at Pullman.
They purchased the farm on Johnson Road where Jean continued to live for the rest of her life.
Life on the farm included horses, ducks and geese, and lots and lots of gardening.
Jean received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Washington State University and later her Masters degree in Education.
She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Jean taught second grade for over 20 years at Sunnyside Elementary in Pullman.
She was a special teacher and kept in touch with many of her students over the years.
Mr. Askins died in 1976.
Jean was a single mom for much of her life which was not always easy but she certainly made it look easy.
She never over-reacted and always though the best about everything and everyone.
She would give her sons just enough rope and make sure they had a safe place to land.
She influenced all of us and left quite a legacy behind.
Jean enjoyed watching her sons and grandkids play sports and became quite a Mariner fan.
She also loved to work in the garden, make quilts, sing in the choir and spend time with her family.
Jean was a very active member of the Moscow Nazarene Church and led the Missionary Program for many years.
The family would like to thank them for being a part of her family and being so kind to our Mother and Grandmother.
After Jean retired from teaching, she and Randall Jack were married in 1992.
They loved to travel the world.
Some of their stops included Australia, China (twice), Europe, Alaska, and most enjoyed a trip to the “Holy Land”.
They made numerous trips around the country in their RV.
Randall preceded her in death last November.
Jean is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Tracy (Susanna) Askins of Portland, OR, Bob (Deborah) Askins of Spokane, WA and Don (Monica) Askins of Issaquah.
Also surviving are her step-children, Kathy (Richard) Potts of Moscow, Arlene (Tom) Brooks of Ritzville, WA and Leonard (Kathy) Jack of Orofino, ID.
She also leaves her ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and twin sister, Joyce Stratton of Pullman.
In addition to both husbands, Jean was preceded in death by sisters, Katy Stratton and Ethel Sanders.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene.
A reception will immediately follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Private graveside service will be at the Pullman City Cemetery later in the day.
The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice or to the Missions Fund at the Nazarene Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.
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