Frances Arvilla (Askvig) Lee, 93, Minot, and formerly of rural Kenmare, died at the Trinity Nursing Home in Minot on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
Frances was born April 13, 1920, on a farm near Carpio, to Ole and Ella (Johnson) Askvig. Growing up the eldest of nine, she helped care for her siblings, always enjoyed music, playing the clarinet and singing in small groups and choirs at school and church. She graduated from Carpio High School in 1938.
She was united in marriage to Oliver Lee, of Hartland, on Oct. 6, 1940, in Minot. They lived at Harvey for a short time before moving to the Hartland area, where they began farming in Ree Township, while living in Carpio.
Their children, Darwin, Elda, and Dale, were born before they moved to their lifelong family farm north of Kenmare, and Marcia was born thereafter. Their life was spent raising their children and farming small grains in Denmark Township. They retired in 1986 and moved to Minot. In 1969, Fran and Oliver began wintering in Mesa, Ariz., and continued to do so until 2009. Frances and Oliver celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in the fall of 2012.
Fran lived life to the fullest, enjoying many activities, with family being the center of her life. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot. She was formerly an active member of the Carpio Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran and Nazareth Lutheran churches of Kenmare, being involved with teaching Sunday School and being a Sunday School superintendent, Luther League supervisor, serving on several committees, and singing in small groups and choir in the churches.
She was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Minot and Kenmare. She enjoyed many spectator sports, motorcycle and snowmobile rides, and camping with family and friends. In Arizona, she enjoyed ceramics, quilting, water aerobics, card playing and riding bicycle. As a homemaker, she was a wonderful cook, baker, gardener, and seamstress and loved entertaining family and friends.
Frances’ loving family includes: sons, Darwin (Sharon) Lee, Westhope, Dale Lee, (Connie Nelson), Wichita, Kan.; daughters, Elda (Gary) Sorenson, Mesa, Ariz., and Marcia (Brad) Robertson, Bottineau; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Lloyd (Ora), Minot, Dick (Darlene), Kalispell, Mont., and Al (Lois), Apple Valley, Minn.; sister, Dorothy Byrd, Columbia Falls, Mont.; and several nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Oliver (Dec. 1, 2012); grandson, Chris Sorenson; brothers, George, Ole, Jerry, and Donald Askvig; and sister, Della Nelson.
Celebration of the Life of Frances Lee: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at 1 p.m., in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Family service: Monday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Monday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Memorials are preferred to the Bethany Lutheran Church Technology Fund, Minot, or Metigoshe Ministries, Bottineau.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).