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Dec. 21, 2011
Two endowments, totaling $35,000, have been established by a former Maryville resident to benefit a Northwest Missouri State University music festival as well as Bearcat athletics.
Mary Asbell, a 1969 Northwest alumna, established the Edna Mary Asbell Music Endowment and the Eldon H. “Bud” Asbell Athletic Endowment in memory of her parents. She is a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors and lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband, Allan Mackenzie.
The Edna Mary Asbell Music Endowment is established to support students participating in the University’s annual Four State Honor Music Festival.
Edna Mary Monk Asbell, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 95, was a 1936 Northwest alumna. After graduating from Northwest, Edna Mary Asbell taught English and music in Fillmore, Plattsburg and Oregon, Mo., and following her teaching career, she supported music in other ways. For instance, she encouraged high school students to achieve in music by practicing with and accompanying them for regional and state music contests. With her motto, “the soloist is always right,” she naturally was asked to accompany many soloists. She also played at the First Presbyterian Church and Price Funeral Home, both in Maryville, for 50 years as a self-taught organist. Edna Mary Asbell, skilled in reading and transposing all music and in playing a tune after hearing it, contributed to Northwest’s music projects throughout her adult life, both financially and by attendance.
“In addition to her love of music, my mother also supported family, community and social happenings in Maryville,” Mary Asbell said. “Because her life touched many, and music was her passion, this endowment is specifically for high school students participating in the Four State Music Festival at Northwest.”
The Eldon H. “Bud” Asbell Athletic Endowment is established to provide funds for Northwest’s athletics program, with the Bearcat Booster Club serving as the custodian of the fund.
Bud Asbell, a former manager of Jackson Insurance Company and a former owner of a small independent insurance agency in Maryville, died in 1981 at the age of 68. He was a charter member and avid supporter of the Bearcat Booster Club and attended nearly all of Northwest’s home football and basketball games.
“My father usually cheered for the football team from a front row box seat and he did so at the basketball games between selling concessions for the Kiwanis Club,” Mary Asbell said.
Furthermore, she said her father supported the University in other ways, such as introducing and administering the American United Life retirement plan for faculty, and “he was regularly on campus working for the advancement of ‘the College,’ as Northwest was known in his day.”
Mary Asbell, Bud and Edna Mary Asbell’s daughter who established the two endowments, was the senior associate director for extramural and outreach services at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 1991 until her retirement in 2002. She also was a clinical librarian and faculty associate at Moody Medical Library at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and at the School of Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She also was an English teacher in the St. Joseph School District.
Mary Asbell volunteers at the Lubbock Symphony Office and enjoys being involved with Lubbock Women’s Club, Horizon Study Group, the Presbyterian church, P.E.O., the Community Medical School at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Neuroscience Institute at Covenant Hospital, the Texas Tech Gourmet Dinner Club, the Texas Tech Museum Art History Series, New Neighbors Club, a wine club and several book clubs. She also is a substitute librarian at Covenant Hospital Medical Library in Lubbock.
“Gifting in memory of loved ones is a personal and private decision that we receive with great humility and honor,” said Mike Johnson, Northwest’s vice president of university advancement. “We celebrate the Asbell legacy and their passion for music and Bearcat athletics, and we’re grateful to their daughter, Mary, for directing perpetual support to our current and future students.”
For more information about Edna Mary Asbell Music Endowment and the Eldon H. “Bud” Asbell Athletic Endowment or to make a tax-deductible gift to benefit the University, contact Northwest’s Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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