Viela June Eskew - July 01, 2011
Viela June Eskew, the second daughter of Clemet Samuel and Eliza Alice (Dewey) Fleming, was born April 13, 1913, in Morgan County, Colorado, and departed this life Friday, July 1, 2011, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Neb. She was 98 years old.
June grew up in a sod house and was the second of five girls. She attended school in Trenton and graduated from the eighth grade as valedictorian. She moved to the Scottsbluff and Mitchell area, graduating from the Mitchell High School in 1931 and Phillips University Nursing School, in Enid, Okla., in 1938.
From the premie station at Cook County Hospital in Chicago to the Army was quite a change for this Nebraska farm girl. She served her country in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, as a captain, from Nov. 3, 1942, to April 20, 1946, in the 31st General Hospital as a surgical nurse and taught surgical technique to corpsman, during WW II in the Pacific Theatre, Philippines.
June began work in Imperial as the superintendent of the Imperial Community Hospital, where she worked assisting in emergency surgery, obstetrics and was in charge of the nursing staff.
She met and married Virgil Milton (Bud) Eskew at Oberlin, Kan., on Jan. 3, 1947. They adopted a baby girl, born in October, 1948 and named her Kathryn Lynn. She became their pride and joy!
They moved to Lincoln where June worked at Bryan hospital as obstetric supervisor. Shortly thereafter Bud moved the family to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Dept. of Agriculture. They lived there for eight years, before moving back to Colorado where they lived until Bud’s death in 1985. They had the opportunity to travel to many places in the United States and around the world.
After Bud’s death she moved to Lincoln for seven years and then to McCook in 1997.
June was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary and McCook Christian Church. She enjoyed her 50 year career in nursing, her family, and the many friends from her travels.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clem and Eliza; husband Bud in July 1985; four sisters, Alice Brott, Gladys Thumser, Neva Myers and Beulah “Boots” Jenkins; great-nephew Jeffrey Myers; and special friends, William and Flora McKune.
Survivors include daughter Kathryn of Manassas, Va.; nieces and nephews: Richard and Jolene Myers of Boulder, Colo., Cheri and Jerry Beckenhauer of McCook, Steven Myers of Boston, Mass., Neva June Beaver of Mexico, Mo., Vera Ferne and Clyde Johnson of Killen, Texas and Duane Fleming Brott of Chico, Calif.; great nieces and nephews: Bob and Monica Myers, Brock and Lori Myers, Lynette and Michael Holloway, Scott and Michalene Beckenhauer, Lisa and Daniel Pomajzl; great-great nieces and nephews: Dane, Hanna, Natalie, Taylor, Mackenzee, Josiah, Christian, Regan, Brooklynn, Grant, Gabe and Luke.
Memorials may be given in her name to the McCook Christian Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the McCook Christian Church in McCook with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. MDST in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.
Friends may sign her book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.