Mamie Mae Asay (Fox) was born Dec. 30, 1920 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Mary Ann Daughtery and Wesley F. Fox. At the age of 99, she passed away in her home on Mother's Day, May 10, 2020 of cardiac arrest due to Advanced Alzheimer's. Mamie was the eldest daughter of Mary and Westley's 9 children. Her siblings were, Charley Fox (Deceased), Roy L. Fox(Deceased), Eugene Fox (Deceased), Fronia M. (Bourne) Fox (Deceased), Paul D. Fox, Ruby M. (White) Fox (Deceased), Betsy J. Cobler (Fox), Robert H. Fox, John L. Fox, and the second parent to her siblings.
At the age of 20, Mamie left Oklahoma for California with herfather due to the hardships of the Great Dust Bowl. She found work in Fresno County for a short period of time. She met herfuture husband Joseph while he was installing highway road signs for California State Automobile Association. On March 2, 1946, Mamie married Joseph F. Asay in Selma, CA. They moved to South Sacramento shortly thereafter and were happily married for 41 years until his death in May 1987.
Mamie of Cherokee Indian decent, was mainly a mother and housewife, however, she was also one of the founders of Cherokee's of California, a non-profit tribal organization. In the mid 1970's, Mamie and now retired Senator Ben Campbell, helped establish funding within the Elk Grove Unified SchoolDistrict for Native American children.
Mamie is survived by her 4 children, Mary K. O'Dell (John O'Dell), Joann M. DeHerrera (James DeHerrera deceased), J. Alan Asay (Divorced), and Deirdre M. Asay-Bemis (Laura Bemis). Mamie has 13 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and over 17 great, great grandchildren. Mamie will be greatly missed by everyone she touched during her 99 years on earth.