Lillie Marie Askew GronaasLillie Marie Askew Gronaas, age 88, McVille, ND, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Nelson County Health System – Hospital in McVille after a brief illness.
Lillie was born in Kenefic, OK on Sept 26, 1924 to William Perry Askew and Anna Kate Askew. She was raised and graduated from high school in Chowchilla, CA. Lillie married Clemet Gronaas Aug 23, 1942 in Stockton, CA. Clemet was enlisted in the US Navy at that time. Lillie met Clemet and after a 5 day whirlwind courtship they were married and he was then deployed to serve on a ship during WWII. They moved to Tolna, ND in January 1950, and they farmed in rural Tolna until moving to Grand Forks, ND in October 1956. Lillie worked for many years for Whitey’s in East Grand Forks and for JC Penney in Grand Forks. In 1966 they moved back to Tolna. Lillie attended Floral Design School in Chicago. When she returned, they established a greenhouse and florist business in Tolna. They later moved to McVille and operated Gronaas Greenhouse Floral and Gift until she retired. She was a long time member of the Tolna American Legion Auxiliary and the McVille Lutheran Church.