She was born in Altus on Dec. 23, 1916, to Elizabeth Virginia Taylor and Frederick William Minor, pioneers in Southwest Oklahoma. Mr. Minor arrived on horseback and homesteaded southeast of Altus in 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Minor had 16 children, with five sets of twins, Elizabeth and twin sister Virginia the youngest of the children.
After her father’s early death when she was four years old, her mother raised the remaining 10 children at home alone. She shared many memories of her mother single-handedly managing their large household.
She was a graduate of Altus High School and attended Altus Junior College. She married Sam McAskill on March 11, 1940, in Altus. They were married 65 years. While Sam served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II, she worked in the Jackson County Court Clerk’s office.
She and her twin sister Virginia shared each other’s household and raised each other’s children. Virginia was married to Bill McAskill and they had four children. The eight cousins were raised together like siblings.
Elizabeth was an excellent bridge player and was a member of the Voguette Bridge Club. She was known for hosting a group of ladies for bridge, complete with refreshments and appointments, and then preparing a sit-down family dinner. She and Sam entertained their extended families and friends.
At her death, she was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church in Altus. She was member of the Anne Lee Chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; her 15 brothers and sisters; and her husband Sam.
She is survived by her four children and their families, daughter, Jan McAskill; sons, John and wife Bonnie, Tom and wife Denise, and Kim McAskill; five grandchildren,: Terri McAskill Blackwell, Tracy McAskill, Cody McAskill, John Blake McAskill and his wife Ashley Anne, and Betsy Lane McAskill; great-grandchildren, Kelli Elizabeth Howeth, James Ryan Howeth, and Benjamin Cooper Blackwell; sister Virginia’s children are Sharon McAskill Marlow, Marsha McAskill Kirby and husband Temple, Dale McAskill and wife Beth and Don McAskill and wife Donna.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Lowell-Tims Chapel.
Memorials can be made in Mrs. McAskill’s name to the charity of your choice.
On-line tributes can be made to the family at www.lowell-tims.com