Eklund — 90 years old

Darlene Eklund

HUXLEY — Darlene Eklund, of Huxley and formerly of Gowrie, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Community Room of the Heartland Bank in Gowrie.

Cards may be sent to her at 908 N. Highway 69, No. 136, Huxley, IA 50124.

Her family includes Roxanne Eklund and Mike Betker, of Orefield, Pennsylvania; Dan and Linda Eklund, of Huxley; Rhonda Eklund, of Phoenix, Aizona; and Luanne and Tom Pender, of Naperville Illinois. She has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Darlene Johnson was born July 22, 1929, on the family farm three miles east of Gowrie. She attended Gowrie High School. She married Verne Eklund on Aug. 21, 1949, in a double wedding with her sister, Marie Johnson, and Jack Dettman, at the Gowrie Methodist Church. She and her husband graduated from Iowa State Teachers College and taught at Lanyon and Grand Community.