Veda Geneva Eklund Sorensen
March 16, 1912 ~ February 15, 2014
Family graveside service: Brigham City Cemetery at 3 pm on Friday, February 21, 2014
Public memorial service: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Fishburn LDS Chapel, 105 S. Fishburn Drive, Brigham City
BRIGHAM CITY – A gracious lady, Veda Geneva Eklund Sorensen, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 15, 2014 just shy of her 102 birthday. She was born on March 6, 1912 in Oakley, Idaho, a daughter of Charles Oscar and Geneva Strong Eklund. Her family owned a brick kiln and they made many of the bricks in the old Oakley homes. She also lived in Burley, Idaho. With the bank crash in the 20's they moved to Fresno, California where she at age 9 and her brother helped by pitting peaches in the peach orchards. They finally settled in a small LDS community in Mar Vista, California. Her father and uncles began a construction business and built many homes and churches in Southern California. She graduated from Venice High School in Venice, California. She worked in the Kress department store at the candy counter for several years and later was in charge of the nightly deposits. She worked 34 years for McDonnell Douglas, becoming their first female supervisor in charge of inventory management. She cared for her invalid parents, sister, brother in law, and later husband and was always involved in helping others. Veda married Elick Joseph Sorensen originally from Bear River City, on December 18, 1968 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1977 and is buried in Brigham City. Her hobbies included beadwork, making Christmas ornaments and table runners, knitting and sewing, She was an excellent cook who knew how to set a beautiful table and relished in family holiday gatherings. She had many friends and learned from them as well as shared her skills. She moved to Utah in 2011 and was surprised by all the snow, but delighted in viewing the mountains, birds, and especially the fall colors. Kind thanks to everyone at Maple Springs Living where she was always treated lovingly and kindly. Thanks to her many friends who welcomed her to Brigham City including those at Willow Glen, her LDS wards, and especially all the primary children who would visit and sing and include her in class. Surviving are her niece and nephew James and Janice Eklund of California and Washington. Her step children, Blair (Geri) Sorensen of Fairfield, California, Jenifer (Sam) Banz of Springville, Utah, and Darlien Sorensen of Novato, California; 27 grandchildren including Van (Georgia) Canann of Payson, Utah, Ann Canann of Oakland, California, Carmen (Chale) Rangel of Austin, Texas, Merrill (Jodi) Sorensen of Pueblo, Colorado, Kjirstin (Eric) Youngberg of Mapleton, Utah, Janet (Jim) Hunt of Argyle, Texas, Denise (Richard) Smith of Los Altos, California, Jill Rasmussen of Brigham City, Utah, Diane (Matt) Mooney of Fairfield, California, Kimberli Hansen of Elsinore, Utah, David Sorensen of Fairfield, California, Brent (Virginia) Sorensen of Manassas, Virginia, Robin (Ted) Kendall of Castle Rock, Colorado, Randy Rasmussen of Elsinore, Utah, Tracy (Sherry) Rasmussen of Hurricane, Utah and April (David) Estes of Novato, California ; 71 great grandchildren, 64 great-great grandchildren and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren. She has many family waiting to greet her on the other side including her husband Elick, parents Charles and Geneva, grandparents Charles Gustav Eklund and Margaret Bengtsen Eklund, Hiram Strong and Mary Matilda Huber Strong, brothers Elwin and Harold Eklund, Leonard Cullen, and sisters Lereta Cullen, Marie Eklund, Dottie Eklund, nephew Michael Cullen, step daughters Gae Canann, Glory Sorensen, step son Neal Hobson Sorensen, granddaughter Linda Canann, great grandson Benjamin Youngberg, great great grandaughter Breeleigh Greenhalgh. A family graveside service will be held at the Brigham City Cemetery at 3 pm on Friday, February 21, 2014. A public memorial service will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Fishburn LDS Chapel, 105 S. Fishburn Drive, Brigham City.
Veda was a light to all who knew her. Though her flame has been extinguished here, I know it burns brightly in the eternal realms above us all. My thanks to our sister and aunt, Jill, who has cared so lovingly for Veda, and to Maple Springs. I cannot recommend an assisted living facility more highly than Maple Springs.
You were a wonderful Grandmother. May all you touched during your life on earth be blessed.
What a blessed lady and how grateful I am to have had her tough my life in so many ways. She lived an extraordinary life and loved so many along the way. She is an inspiration!
I will never forget walking into her room when she was at Willow Glenn. I had not met her yet and she made me feel comfortable. Every time I visited with her, she taught me something. She was a wonderful woman. She will be missed.
Jill, I went into Maple Springs today and saw Veda's room empty, It was a sad for me, a happy one for her. So many times I would give her a "ride" back to her room and she would express her contentness of being where she was loved. I loved her sense of humor and her humble spirit. She will be missed and always remembered. I will miss see you also. Your a blessing in Veda's life and many others. Take care. Love,
What an exceptional lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with Jill at this time, and we thank her for the watchful care she provided in Veda's final years.