Elizabeth Mae “Betty” Asp, 86, of Cambridge, formerly of Long Prairie. passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West.
Although her given name was Elizabeth, Betty was the name we all knew her by. Born to Jay R. Drown and Mary Cross Drown on August 19, 1924 near Curlew, Iowa. She had 6 older brothers and sisters; a younger sister died in infancy.
She went to Curlew Public Schools, graduating in 1941. Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa was the college of her choice where after two years of training she could teach in town schools. She graduated in 1943 and spent two years in teaching in elementary grades.
Betty became a Christian when she was young after believing the Scripture in John 5:24 “He that heareth my word and believeth on Him who sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but is passed from death unto life” while teaching school God had been speaking to her about going to Bible School to prepare for Christian service. So in 1945 she went to Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis. Here she met George Asp; after graduation they were married on June 14, 1948. They had three children, Ron, Judy and David.
George and Betty served faithfully in several pastorates in Minnesota for 35 years. They retired in 1983, moving to Long Prairie, Minn. where George died in 1994. Betty moved to Cambridge in 1997.
Her parents, husband George, brothers, sisters and son Ronald preceded her in death.
Surviving are one brother, Frank Drown (Marie), of Kansas City, Mo., Ron’s children Kristen Gray (Steve) and three children of Hudson, Wis., Kathi Miller (Robb) and two children of Lewiston, Minn.; one daughter Judy Bergfalk (Dale) and three children, of Rush City, Minn., Jonathan (Elysia) and two children of Rush City; Elizabeth Sulangaine (Herbert) of Blaine, Minn. and three children; Daniel of Rush City. Son David (Jan) of Shelby, Ohio and four children; Eric (Marci) and three children of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Jay (Heather) and two sons of Keller, Texas, Anna Beatty (Sam) and three children of Berea, Ohio, and Alex, of Columbus, Ohio, 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. Dave Asp and Rev. Eric Asp officiating. Marilee Selin, accompanied by Pat Stenmo sang “Jesus Led Me All The Way.” Pallbearers were Betty’s grandchildren Kristen Gray, Kathi Miller, Eric Asp, Jay Asp, Anna Beatty, Alex Asp, Jonathan Bergfalk, Elizabeth Sulangaine, and Daniel Bergfalk. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Long Prairie. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.