Just recently, while talking about his boss’ future, Bruce Prichard pointed out that Vince McMahon’s mother was 101 years old. Sadly, it seems Vince’s mom Vicki Askew died shortly after Prichard recorded those comments.
The news comes via an obituary posted on the website for the funeral home where a service for Askew was held last Saturday (Jan. 22):
Victoria “Vicki” Hanner Askew
July 11, 1920 - January 20, 2022
Vicki, as she was known to friends and family, passed away quietly of natural causes in her sleep at home in The Woodlands, TX on Tuesday, January 20th. She was a young 101 years old, and is survived by one son, four grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Vicki was born on July 11, 1920 in Florence, South Carolina, the only daughter of four children of Orpheus William Hanner and Victoria Kennedy Hanner. The family moved when Vicki was a young girl to Sanford and then to East Sanford, NC where she spent her childhood.
Vicki was blessed with two sons, Rod and Vince, both of whom married their childhood sweethearts. Sadly, Rod passed away one year to the day before his mother.
Vicki’s childhood was tough. She spoke of it in an interview for the North Shore Church in 2018: “My mother had to go to work to support me and my three brothers. She started by selling Avon. During the Great Depression, I remember drawing my foot on pasteboard and putting it in my shoe (the sole had holes and no one could afford new shoes).”
After graduation from high school, Vicki pursued a career in Civil Service working as a secretary and administrative assistant until she retired from the Chamber of Commerce in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Tennis was an important part of Vicki’s life. She started hitting balls at an old neglected court and was hooked for life. She played JUST until age 94, and refused to be in the “Senior League”, and she always watched matches on T.V.
Vicki also had a beautiful soprano voice and sang in several church choirs.
After her husband, Harold Askew, passed away in 2010, Vicki moved to Bentwater (Montgomery, TX) where she made many friends and played lots of tennis. Her last residence was The Woodlands where she lived with her beloved caretaker, Verdell Berry.
The anecdote about Askew’s love of tennis certainly makes sense given what we know of her son’s approach to life. Wrestling Observer notes there’s a tennis center in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania dedicated to her that was built in 2007 with money from Vince McMahon and the McMahon Family Foundation. Harold Askew inspired the move when he called his stepson concerned that Vicki had to drive more than 20 miles during the winter months to get to the nearest indoor courts.
On behalf of the entire Cageside Seats community, our thoughts are with the McMahon family, and everyone missing Vicki Askew today.