Betty E. Ecklund
Betty E. Ecklund, 95, of Springfield, died at 4:53 am, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village Assisted Living. She was born May 28, 1923 in Springfield, to Howarth and Leone (DeFratis) Bryden. She married Edmund J. Clare in 1943 and he was killed at Iwo Jima during WWII. She later married George Ecklund and eventually divorced, but remained close friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda (John) Kennedy of Springfield; son, George (Cheryl) Ecklund, Jr. of Springfield, two grandchildren Dan (Rebecca) Kennedy and Katie (Grant) Barksdale, three great grandchildren, Alexandra Kennedy, Mallory Kennedy and Rory Barksdale; two nieces and one nephew.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Howarth O. Bryden.
Betty was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She loved cats, reading, ceramics, traveling and playing bridge. She worked for Doctors Goodwin and Stone and retired in 1988 from the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Visitation: 9:30 – 11:30 am, Friday, August 10, 2018 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield.
Funeral Service: 11:30 am Friday, August 10, 2018 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield, with Reverend Dr. Joe Eby officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children; Forever Home Feline Ranch or the Animal Protective League.
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