Arlis Walters (Eklund) Arliss L. Walters, 76, formerly of Vermillion, passed away in Mesa, AZ, Dec. 19, 2008 in the presence of her family. Arliss died of respiratory failure following surgical repair of a hip fracture and subsequent complications. A memorial service was held in Mesa, AZ on Dec. 21. Arliss will be interred at Ft. Snelling, MN. In the summer of 2009, at a date to be announced, an additional memorial celebration will be held in Vermillion by her family and all who wish to attend. Arliss was born Dec. 31, 1931 to Arthur and Laverne Macy at her families' farm near Burbank. She was the third of five children. She attended Burbank School and graduated from Vermillion High School and attended one year of college at Wayne State College, NE, before marrying Sgt. Richard Lancrain. They had three children, Wayne (Salem, OR), Charles (Olympia, WA), and Laura Ganzar (Hudson, WI). They resided in Aurora, the Southwest U.S. and Germany, prior to their divorce. In December 1964, Arliss married Wallace (Wally) Eklund who adopted her children. They made a home in Vermillion and enjoyed the company of her large extended family, the community and Wally's many life- long friends. In the '70s, Arliss and Wally began dividing time between South Dakota and Arizona, eventually making Mesa, AZ their home. Following Wally's death in 1994, Arliss married Warren Walters in 1996 and resided in Mesa, AZ. Arliss was a sincere caring mother and adoring grandmother and loving wife. She touched the lives of those who knew her, and was loved by many. She always made time to volunteer and help others. In the mid-60s she began an enduring career selling Avon products, making many friends and fond acquaintances. She was an avid reader, a gardener and hobbyist in ceramics, oil painting and other crafts. Arliss loved to whistle and if there was a dance, she wanted to be there. She enjoyed summer trips visiting her family and friends. She cherished entertaining and socializing with friends and family in Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Phyllis and Helen. She is survived by her husband, Warren; brothers, Merle (wife Marge) and Kent Macy; and her three children and six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, as well as her extended family and long-time friends. All will miss her dearly.
Memorial Day services will be celebrated Monday, May 27, at the Vermillion Public Library. The program, hosted by Veterans of … Read Article