Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, peacefully slipped away from the body on April 14, with family by her side. Ginny was born Nov. 29, 1924 in Friend, Neb., the third of three daughters and a younger brother born to Albert and Bertha (Hansen) Johnsen.
At the age of 11, her family moved to a small homestead near Ault Colo. Ginny graduated from Ault High School in 1941 at the age of 16. Her parents made her wait until she turned 18, at which time she moved to Denver and worked at Montgomery Wards for two years.
Ginny then followed her parents to Ottawa, Kans., and shortly thereafter moved to Lincoln, Neb., where she worked at an unemployment office for two years. Returning to Ottawa she worked for the next six years at the Ottawa Steel Products company as a secretary.
Ginny married Dean Eklund on Aug. 29, 1953 in Clarksdale, Miss., and enjoyed 58 years together until his passing in 2012. The family moved to Wellington in 1966. Ginny was a secretary for the First Presbyterian Church, the Wellington School District, and last worked with Dean at his State Farm Insurance agency for 14 years up to their retirement in 1992. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Ginny is survived by her children; Dan and wife Polly Eklund of San Diego, Mark Eklund of Wellington, and Kris Eklund of Wichita.
A come and go celebration of life will be from 7–9 p.m. at No. 7 Coffee House, 115 S Washington Avenue, in downtown Wellington, on Tuesday, May 2. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellington. A catered dinner will directly follow the service. All friends and acquaintances are invited to both events. RSVP to Mark at 785-324-1515 for the dinner.
Cremation has occurred and a private internment will take place at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.