Funeral Services for Lenoir Delight Ekdahl (“Mrs. E”), 98, Lawrence, will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence on Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Marquette, Kansas, at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 31. Visitation will be held at Warren-McElwain from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.
Mrs. Ekdahl died on Friday, March 24, 2017. She was born in Marquette, Kansas, on March 27, 1918, the daughter of Clarence and Carrie (Uhler) Sjogren.
Lenoir was a resident of Lawrence since August 1955 and a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Lawrence Pilot Club, American Dietetic Association, American Home Economics Association, American Association of University Women, and long-time fan and supporter of the University of Kansas.
Lenoir received her bachelor and masters degrees in Home Economics and Institutional Management from Kansas State University. She was employed as a dietitian in the housing department of the University of Kansas starting in September 1955. She retired as the Director of Food Services at the University in 1989 after 35 years of employment at KU.
Prior to her employment at KU she was a teacher in both rural and urban areas in Kansas. In 1986 she was named Douglas County Home Economist of the Year. In 1987 she was inducted into the KU Women’s Hall of Fame.
In 1993, the new dining facility at KU opened and was named in her honor. The Lenoir D. Ekdahl Dining Commons, more commonly known as Mrs. E’s, is located adjacent to Lewis Hall on Daisy Hill and is still a staple for KU students to this day.
She married Kenneth J. Ekdahl on August 14, 1955, in Marquette, Kansas. He preceded her in death on November 15, 1990. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Eleanor Burnison (Marquette) , and her brother, Faber Sjogren (Wichita).
Lenoir is survived by her sister, Sarah Jane Smith (Marquette, Kansas), her nieces, Monette Johnson (Assaria), L’Jean Swisher (Lindsborg), and Dicksie Burnison Karr (Lawrence), her nephews John Sjogren (Wichita), Alan Smith (Wichita), and Charles Smith (Lynden), and several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.
The family suggests that memorials may be made in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Lenoir D. Ekdahl Scholarship for KU students working their way through school by employment at the University of Kansas food service. Memorials may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.