MaryAnn Paulette Aakre Eklund, 61 years of age, resident of Kissimmee, Florida, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on the morning of May 14, 2020.
MaryAnn was born on December 28, 1957, in Conrad, Montana, to Theodore Gilbert and Simone Ines (nee Thomas) Aakre. She graduated from Conrad High School in 1976, where she was active in theater, debate, science club, and the national honor society. She attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and there she met her roommates' brother, John Elmer Eklund from Chester, Montana. They fell in love at first sight, married in the spring of 1977, and lived happily together for the next four decades. John and MaryAnn traveled the world together as he pursued his Navy career. Upon his discharge, they settled into their dream home in Florida. MaryAnn read voraciously, lived for trivia nights with friends, dearly loved her cats, and created numerous beautiful works of embroidery and knitting for her friends and family. She was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism for over 30 years, rising to the highest rank of Pelican. Her husband John passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in May 2018 and not long after, MaryAnn fell ill with acute myeloid leukemia. With determination and a positive spirit, she fought it valiantly to the end.
She was preceded in death by her father Ted, mother Simone, and brother Gilbert Pierre (Tony), all of Conrad, Montana. She is survived by her sister Beatrice Simone Fisher, of Portland, Oregon, her sister Pamela Sue Wright, of Silver Spring, Maryland, her niece Heather Sabrina Fisher, and grand-niece Hailey Paige, of Wilsonville, Oregon, her nephew Jason Joseph Fisher, wife Jessica, and grand-niece Sophia Angeline, of Camus, Washington and her niece Caitlin Amanda Wright, of Rockville, Maryland. The family wishes to thank several close friends who supported MaryAnn to the end, especially Beth and Mike Pelfry, who treated MaryAnn like family.
Cremation arrangements are by Conrad and Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741 (407) 847-3188.
MaryAnn and John's ashes will be buried together at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Red Cross are encouraged.
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