Marie “Mimi” Asbury, 78, died peacefully on Dec. 4, surrounded by family.
Asbury was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and grew up with three brothers. She attended Riverside Elementary, Greenwich Academy and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She met her husband, Joseph George Asbury, in Germany, and they married in 1968.
They moved to Hyde Park to work and raise a family, Asbury first at the University of Chicago Library but soon to a leadership role with the Hyde Park–Kenwood Community Conference, where she was a key participant in the Whistle Stop personal safety campaign. Several years later, she took a position as a real estate agent at Century 21 Kennedy, Ryan and Monigal at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, where she worked for over 30 years as an agent, broker and office manager.
Asbury had a deep passion for community service and loved her neighborhood. She was a den mother for her children’s Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops.
She was active in the Ray School PTA and was a founding member of Friends of Kenwood Academy, where she worked to secure the land that became the school’s athletic field. Over the years, Asbury served as president, treasurer and fundraising chair for the Comer Children’s Hospital Service Committee and was treasurer of the University of Chicago Service League. She kept books, prepared and served meals for the Southwest Chicago PADS homeless shelter, was the treasurer of the Nichols Park Advisory Council and served on the boards of the 4th on 53rd Parade and the Hyde Park Co-op Supermarket.
Asbury was predeceased by her husband and her brother, James McCrea. She is survived by brothers Wolcott Kenyon and Charles McCrea, son Joseph, daughter Katrin and grandchildren Kestrel, Flora and Marlowe.
A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. All are welcome. Donations are appreciated for two of her favorite causes, Pets For Life (www.fcacc.org/pets-for-life/) and Comer Children’s Hospital (www.uchicagomedicine.org/comer/give/donation-wish-lists).