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Daphne T. (Rive) Askman, 96, of Beverly and in later years a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, passed away peacefully in the company of her family. She was married to the late Nils M. Askman. She was born and raised in Island Jersey, United Kingdom, daughter of the late Thomas F. and Doreen (DeGruchy) Rive.
She was an amazingly strong woman -- a Brit to the core. Manners maketh man and proper speech were her mottos. Always positive, always loving, and never complaining, were traits she passed down to her family. She was kind to a fault and did not allow idle gossip. A VAD nurse during World War II she took care of the troops during terrible bombing raids very close to our home. It was all part of her duty like her mother. She was a beloved great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and friend who played golf and traveled the world as a wonderfully supportive wife and mother. She assisted all the startup wives from the U.S.A. to the markets and shops and helped with language translations in eight countries over a 24-year period.
Daphne was a dynamic presence in the lives of many who kept traditions, organized many family gatherings and loved nature worldwide. She had a special fondness for animals.
Surviving her are two daughters, Georgina T. Smith and her husband, James of Winthrop, Paula D. Byrum and husband, Todd of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, George Kenneth Osgood and wife, Barbara, Nicholas Mauritz Osgood and wife, Caralee, Patrick Matthew Osgood and wife, Jodi, Vanessa Louise Kersker and husband, Michael, Thomas Craig Byrum and his wife, Lubov, and Megan Kathleen Byrum; seven grandchildren, Marlena Suzanne, Colleen Elizabeth, Patrick Matthew Jr., Harrison Paul, Ava Grace, Anna Joy, and Sophia Nicole. She was predeceased by a brother, John Lyndon.
Daphne’s Funeral Service will be held at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 3 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will be held privately. Contributions may be made in her memory to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  February 10, 2017
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