Created on Monday, 20 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Dorothy Elizabeth Fultz Askren, 98, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Manor Care in Marietta, Ga., following a stroke last fall.
She was born in Middleport, Meigs County, on May 29, 1914, a daughter of the late Benjamin F. Fultz and Melissa Blanch Fultz.
She graduated from Middleport High School, and on Nov. 8, 1934, she married James David Askren, who with his father, David W. Askren, founded the Bellefontaine Development Company and was in the highway construction business in southern Ohio at that time.
Dorothy and her husband built a home in Bellefontaine, where they raised two children, Karen Ann and James David II.
She had planned to become a nurse, but instead spent many hours at Mary Rutan Hospital as a guild member and volunteer. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Bellefontaine, King’s Daughters, Athenian Club and Logan Piecemakers Quilt Club.
She was an avid golfer and bridge player. Among her many legacies are her hand-stitched quilts and petit point needlework as well as hundreds of hand-knitted sweaters sent to the children of the former Soviet Union — her “loving stitches.”
Survivors include her son, James D. (Beverly) Askren of Atlanta; daughter, Karen Askren Ellis Campbell of Dublin; two grandsons, John Clark Ellis of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and David Kent Ellis, of Kyoto, Japan; stepgranddaughter, Laura Mason (George) Mather; stepgrandson, Kent (Lisa) Mason; and great-grandchildren, Joanna Mather, Emily Mather, Rausey Mason and Lily Mason.
Private burial is in the Bellefontaine Cemetery.