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Ellen Irena Wilde

Ellen Irena Wilde, 93, of Olathe, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. She will forever be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone she met.

Ellen was born on April 9, 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Harold Vance and Ruth Ella (Berry) Weston. She attended the country school grades one through eight and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She married Robert Edwin Wilde on September 10, 1943. Through this union together they raised their three children, Kathy, John and James. Ellen divorced her husband in 1969. Ellen continued her education and earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of Nebraska. She was a dedicated member of Tabernacle Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. She involved herself in many different organizations like, Camp Fire Leader for 11 years, Cub Scout Den Mother and Rainbow Girls. She was a 50 year member of Order of Eastern Star, Electa Chapter #8 as well as Dual member of the Gardner Chapter #276 in Gardner, Kansas. She worked in a department store as a Needle-Art (Crochet and Knitting) instructor from 1969-1988. She moved to Gardner Kansas in 2003 to be near her son, where she was also an affiliated member of First Presbyterian Church in Gardner, Kansas.

Ellen’s membership in Eastern Star was a source of great personal satisfaction for her. The companionship she experienced restored her trust in man-kind. She was amazed by the fraternal friends she would meet where ever she went. Her “Big Adventure’s” were her trips to New Zealand and Australia where she experienced an enormous treasure trove of happy memories. Nothing gave her more pleasure in life than her time spent with her children and grandchildren. To her, their time together was a memory to treasure. She will be sadly missed.

Ellen is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Ruth Weston, her three loving children, Kathy Lea (Wilde) Starr who passed away on May 18, 2007, John Charles Wilde who passed away on April 2, 2009 and James Vance Wilde who passed away on August 28, 2012. Ellen is also preceded in death by her brother Elwyn Aldrich Weston and sister, Madeline Arent. She is survived by her Son-in-law Kenneth Starr of Fairbury, Nebraska, Daughter-in-law Laureen Wilde of DeSoto, Kansas and sister, Ardis (William) Bundy of Waverly, Nebraska. Left behind to cherish her memory are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ellen will be cremated according to her wishes. Ellen’s wishes were, scatter my ashes on the plains, in the mountains and in the streams. Let my remains be where the sun shines, where the wind whispers in the pine trees, where the rain washes the leaves clean and fresh and where the snows make a blanket in winter. The sky is my eternal roof, and “Mother Earth” is my cradle.

MEMORIAL SERVICE Thursday, June 29th at 10am Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th Street Lincoln, Nebraska.

The family requests no flowers.