Marlene Shepherd Askren, born in Lima, Ohio on Nov. 12, 1938, died peacefully in her home on Monday, March 11. She was the daughter of Enos and Estella Shepherd.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Vigil, her five children, Virgil III (Judy), Mark (Esther), Cynthia (Ken) Riley, Jeanette (John) Case, Eric (Kimberly), 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, her siblings Madeline (Carlyle) Kilmore, James (Peggy) Shepherd and David (Carol) Shepherd.
Her unwavering faith in God and the love of her family and friends carried her through the last few months until she went to be with her Lord. Marlene graduated from Shawnee High School and married Virgil shortly after his enlistment in the U.S. Navy. She also served her country as a dedicated military wife and gave her all for her family while her husband was on deployments.
The whole fmaily was active in their church and Marlene often led youth activities and directed choir performances as well as hosting church gatherings in their home.
The family expresses their love and apprectiaon for the support of their church family at Sprague Community Church and the dedicated caring from Assured Hospice.
Services will be Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at the Sprague Community Church in Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sprague Commuinty Church Mission Fund.