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In Memory of Virginia Elken


April 23, 1934 - April 13, 2020

Virginia M. Coyour Elken, age 85, a resident of rural Frederic, passed away and entered eternal life on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Virginia was born on December 23, 1934, in Polk County to her parents, Elmer and Hilda Huser. She was lovingly known as Mom, Gramma Gin, or Virginia. For over 40 years, this great lady worked as a farm wife, raising five children, milking cows, performing a multitude of farm chores, and still finding time to bake a cake each day. On the Coyour farm, Virginia always had fresh baked bread and cinnamon rolls. Even more notable were the many award-winning pies she baked. Everyone had their favorite— butterscotch, cherry, lemon, banana cream— every family celebration was made memorable with a special request of one of Virginia’s baked pies. In retirement she continued to always have chocolate chip cookies or a pan of bars ready for anyone stopping by. Virginia lived to love and serve her large family, always ready to pull up a chair for a game of 500 or UNO and attend athletic games of her children and grandchildren. Her favorite activities included roller skating, dancing and reading. She also loved to get dressed up and go out to lunch, often wearing red, her favorite color. She was also very active in the Lorain United Methodist Church and a long-time member of Ladies Aid.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald “Bud” Coyour; daughter, Barb Schultz; grandson, Dustin; and her brother, Harold Huser.

She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Donna (Dave) Grindell; Connie (Christopher) Engstrom; sons, Rod (Robert Einweck) Coyour, and Doug (Laura) Coyour; grandchildren, Casey Christianson, Mitchell (Kelsie) Coyour, Ashley (Chad) Crosby, Abby (Ryan) Johnson, Jena (DJ) Ryan, Eli Hayes, Ethan Hayes, Randy (Amanda) Carlson, and Tanesha Carlson; her great grandchildren, Kanaan, Brach, Justus, Fletcher, Chase, Morgan, Joyel, Ryker, Newtyn, Esme, Nora, Nell and Lewis; special sister-in-law, Dolores Huser; along with nieces, nephews, many relatives and dear friends.

Virginia’s family gives special thanks to the caregivers at Christian Community Home of Osceola. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster.


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