Elaine W. Marckx(1940 - 2012)

Elaine W. Marckx

August 13, 1940 - December 28, 2012

AUMSVILLE - Elaine W. Marckx of Aumsville, OR, age 72 died on December 28, 2012 ending a nearly three year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Pauline Witte of Valentine, Nebraska. She is survived by her spouse of 46 years, Dallas; son Kym Henry and spouse Kimberly Minten-Marckx; granddaughter Karlie Cheyanne Minten; sisters Yvonne Greene (Carl) and Marilyn Robertson of Valentine; brother Donald (Shirley) of York, Nebraska, and numerous nieces and nephews.

As a child of Christ, daughter, sister, wife, mother, nurse, teacher, avid gardener, chicken raising lover, quilter, world traveler and humanitarian, Elaine was highly respected by all who knew her and will never be forgotten. She gave life to anything she touched, encouraging it to flourish.

She was raised south of Crookston, Nebraska on the Weisflog family homestead. This is where she learned her strong work ethic, connection to family and love of the land. As a girl, she raised chickens, and would get up extra early to get her house work done so she could enjoy her favorite pastime of mowing hay. Elaine rode a horse to primary school at District 45, a one room school house five miles from her home. In order to attend high school she boarded with a family in Valentine, cooking and cleaning for her room and board. She graduated from Valentine High School in 1958.

•1958-1961 Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing, and working at the Veterans Hospital in Omaha NE.

•1961-1967 University of Washington Bachelors and Masters of Nursing, Seattle WA on a full scholarship. (Elaine was one of the first women to obtain a Masters of Nursing)

•1967 she began her 44 year nursing career at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT. She quickly moved through the ranks to become the Director of Nursing.

•1975, the family moved to Salem, Oregon where Elaine continued her career at Salem Hospital as an ICU nurse.

•1976, they moved to their family farm in Aumsville, OR where Elaine finally felt at "home" with her chickens, goats, cows and her garden. In the fall of the year, she began teaching at Chemeketa Community College as a nursing instructor where she taught until becoming the Associate Director of Nursing at Salem Hospital in September of 1979.

•1981, she became the Director of Nursing of Med-Surg.

•1987, she moved to a part time RN position in Labor and Delivery to keep her busy while she wasn't teaching her nursing students at Chemeketa.

•To further her education she took a sabbatical leave from Chemeketa and participated in an immersion program in Cuernavaca, Mexico to learn Spanish. Upon returning, she used her new language skills working at Salud Medical Center and Marion County Health Department. Elaine continued to work as a nursing instructor at Chemeketa until a partial retirement in 2003.

•Elaine worked full time in labor and delivery at Salem Hospital as well as on call at Silverton Hospital until her total retirement in 2011 due to the cancer.

Elaine had many passions, she was a member of the "Red Hat Quilters" and Mid-Valley Quilt Guild, winning numerous awards for her work; volunteering, as time permitted, at the Oregon Garden where she could have her hands in the earth and the sun on her back; always continuing to support her Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.

Elaine led her battle against pancreatic cancer with an army of family, friends, coworkers and previous students. From the beginning she was aware enough to facilitate in her own plan of care. The physicians would give her recommendations and Elaine would listen carefully…but do what she felt was best for her. She was full of grace and dignity until her final breath.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Rd, Stayton, OR. A reception will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Graveside services will be held at a future date at the Lutheran Cemetery, German Settlement, Crookston. Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network @ pancan.org or mail to PCAN, 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Ste 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 and/or Salem Hospital Foundation/Elaine Marckx Nursing scholarship 503-561-5576.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services, Stayton, OR. Online condolences to Weddle-Funeral.com


Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 4, 2013