A friend to the community and a longtime businesswoman, Fayetteville’s Myra Lucile Askins, owner of the Flower House, passed away on Friday (April 12, 2019) at her residence surrounded by family. She was 79.
Myra was born on Sept. 14, 1939 in Lincoln County to the late David and Iris Archer Askins. A member of the Washington Street Church of Christ, she established The Flower House in March of 1966, and in the 53 years since, the business has served as a staple in the community.
In 2016 as The Flower House celebrated its 50th anniversary, Myra told The Times that the shop’s longevity was due to its loyal customers and employees. Over the years, Myra and The Flower House family built long-term relationships with the families of the community, seeing children, grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren grow. The shop’s numerous dogs and cats over the years have always been a part of the extended family, as well.
“We’re here 365 days a year to meet the needs of the community, whether it is Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, prom, wedding day or funerals – we are here for sad times and happy times, and we’ve seen many of each over the years,” she had remarked at the time of the anniversary.
Years ago, Myra started the tradition of hosting an open house each year in November – it was that tradition that inspired the “Fayetteville … Host of Christmas Past Festival”, which last November marked its 26th year.
Survivors include her friend, Carol Hardin; nieces and nephews, Joe (Pam) Cummins, Betsy Cummins, Fran (Joey) Locker and David Grant; great-nieces and great-nephews, Will (Kerri) Locker, Sheley (Chad) Cowley, Tina Balch, Joe (Adrienne) Cummins, IV, Jake Berzett and Payton Grant; brother-in-law, Bruce Grant; and extended family, Steve Shelton and Bill Dickey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Martha Askins, Marie Cummins and Marian Grant; brother-in-law, William Joseph Cummins, Jr.; and Charlie Berzett.
A visitation with the family was held Monday at Higgins Funeral Home. As mourners passed through the funeral home Monday, they were saw ornamental containers of flowers in the waiting area – by the flowers was this message: “Friends, for years Myra took great pride in every arrangement she made. Today, the family would like for you to help make hers special. Please choose a flower to add to her final masterpiece or take it with you as a memory.”
The family held a private burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ms. Askins.