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Betty Galloway Eklund, 81, wife of Rev. Ryan Eklund, went to be with the Lord June 27th in Greenwood, SC.
Betty was born in Laurens County on October 4, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Bruce and Alma Galloway. Betty was a graduate of Trenton High School and Furman University. While at Furman, she was President of the Women's Student Body, May Queen, Homecoming Queen and Miss Bonhomie. She met Ryan at Furman and has been a partner with him in ministry and marriage for almost 60 years.
Betty taught school in Kentucky while Ryan was in seminary and then worked in libraries at North Greenville College and Pinecrest Elementary in Greenwood. She invested most of her time into raising her daughter, Brenda Richards, and son, Greg Eklund. As grandchildren, Brantley Parrott, Koby Eklund, Tanner Eklund and Brianne Eklund and her great grandchild, Luke Parrott, came along, Betty poured into them as a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother. Betty also dedicated her life to ministering alongside Ryan through her musical skills and by investing in the lives of many singles and couples of all ages in Sunday School. She especially loved working with ESL at South Main and investing in women in all the churches where they served.
A graveside service led by Rev. David Evans will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 29th at Oakbrook Mausoleum and a Celebration Service for Betty's life will led by Rev. Alan Quigley and Rev. Glenn Bolt at 2 PM at South Main Street Baptist Church. The family will greet visitors in the Connecting Place at the church from 1- 2 PM.
Ryan and Betty have established a mission fund in their name at South Main Street Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to contribute to South Main Street Baptist Church, Eklund Mission Fund, PO Box 1093, Greenwood, SC 29648.
Blyth Funeral Home is assisting the Eklund family www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Greenville News on June 28, 2013