Ila Mae Calkin, 91, of North Platte passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Linden Court.

Ila Calkin

Ila was born May 15, 1926 to Jesse Jackson and Della Alsino (Cole) Hevlin on the family farm between Stockville and Curtis, where she grew up. Ila graduated in 1944 from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture High School in Curtis and worked at the Dry Goods Store before and after graduating.

On July 11, 1947, Ila was united in marriage to Everett Dewayne Calkin in Holdrege.

The couple lived in Curtis until 1989 when they moved to North Platte. They had a daughter, Susan Kay, and celebrated over 70 years of marriage.

Ila was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Platte and the Garden Club in Curtis. She liked volunteering, helping at the Curtis Methodist Church and working with Girl Scouts. Ila especially enjoyed going to sales with Everett and gardening.

She loved growing vegetables in her acre garden and selling her produce in the local area and to friends. Ila and Everett also loved dancing with each other. They spent Wednesday evenings dancing at the Senior Center and looked forward to Winter Dance and any other dance they could find.

She is survived by her husband, Everett of North Platte; daughter, Susan (David) King of Kearney; grandchildren, Charlie King, Megan (Matt) Currin, and Brett (Alene) King; great-grandchildren, Emett Currin and Alissa King; and other family.

Ila was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements. Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp will officiate. Burial will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Curtis Methodist Church or First United Methodist Church in North Platte. Online condolences may be shared at