Sally Eklund, 1937-2015

Sally Eklund wearing one of her original creations, circa 1980

Sally Eklund wearing one of her original creations, circa 1980

Born in April 1937, Sarah “Sally“ West grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In the early 1960s, she and her first husband moved to the southeastern part of the state where they raised three children. An accomplished artist who created hundreds of quilts and original artworks in the textile medium, she was first known as Sally Snow in her professional life.

After remarrying in the 1980s, Sally Eklund continued living and working in New England with her second husband and life companion, relocating to the Caribbean permanently in the 1990s. Throughout her life, she enjoyed spending time with family, reading, cooking, gardening, singing, and playing folk songs on the auto harp. She also was a faithful caretaker of a series of beloved dogs.

As friends and family are scattered across the far ends of the world, an online selection of photos from the life of Sally Eklund has been compiled below in lieu of a formal obituary or service. And in the joyful, celebratory spirit of a New Orleans-style funeral, a favorite song from The Carter Family, featuring “Mother” Maybelle Carter, is included below.

To a full life lead with energy, passion, and, as stated in a final conversation, “without regret.”

A gallery of photos from the life of Sally Eklund, 1937-2015

George and Sally in 1937

with fraternal twin George in 1937

parents George and Bernice

parents George and Bernice West in Essex, Massachusetts in 1933

Sally and brother George in 1938

with brother George in 1938

Nancy, George, and Sally around 1938

Nancy, George, and Sally in 1939

the West kids - George, Sally, Martha, and Nancy

the West kids, George, Sally, Martha, and Nancy, around 1940 or 1941

Bernice and George in the summer of 1941

parents Bernice and George in the summer of 1941

four West kids Martha, Nancy, Sally, and George in the 1940s

Martha, Nancy, Sally, and George in the early 1940s

mother Bernice with George, Nancy, Sally, and Martha about 1944

mother Bernice with George, Nancy, Sally, and Martha about 1944

four West kids in the early 1940s: Nancy, Martha, Sally, and George

four West kids in the early 1940s: Nancy, Martha, Sally, and George

Sally in the 4th grade

school picture in 1947

her father, a lifelong Red Sox fan, in the summer of 1949

her father, a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, in the summer of 1949

Sally and Martha in the summer of 1949

with sister Martha in the summer of 1949

Sally in 1950

Sally in 1950

Sally Eklund (née West), with her sister, circa 1950

with her sister around 1952

Sally in 1953

high school in 1953

Sally West on ski trip to New Hampshire in 1954

on ski trip to New Hampshire in 1954

a classmate and Sally in the mid-1950s

with a a classmate in the mid-1950s

Sally and friend in class shot from around 1954

with male friend in class shot from around 1954

Nan and Sally around 1954

with friend Nan around 1954

high school picture from around 1954-1955

high school picture from around 1954-1955

with brother-in-law and wife in 1960s

with first husband, brother-in-law, and his wife in 1960s

Sally and first husband in 1964

with husband in 1964

Sally shortly after adopting oldest son in late 1964

shortly after adopting first child in late 1964

Sally, husband, oldest son, and family basset hound in 1965

with husband, first child, and family Basset Hound in 1965

Sally with daughter, sister-in-law of husband's older brother, and her three children, and older son in mid-1960s

with daughter, sister-in-law of husband’s older brother and her three children, and older son in mid-1960s

on farm in South Dartmouth, Masachusetts in the mid-1960s

on farm in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts in the mid-1960s

Sally and daughter around 1966

with daughter around 1966

birthday party in 1966

birthday party in 1966

Sally in the mid-1960s

with older son around 1968

with two oldest children in late 1960s

with two oldest children in late 1960s

Sally with oldest two children and dog in the late 1960s

with oldest two children and dog in the late 1960s

Sally with two oldest kids and companion of husband's youngerest brother and her daughters in the early 1970s

with two oldest kids and companion of husband’s youngest brother and her daughters in the early 1970s

family Halloween in the early 1970s

Sally and the children in the early 1970s

Sally with her three children

Sally and daughter in the 1970s

with daughter in the 1970s

Sally’s three children eating lunch at grandma’s house with her younger sister’s children in the mid 1970s

opening gifts with daughter in the 1970s

opening gifts with daughter in the 1970s

with younger son, daughter, husband, and friends in the mid-1970s

family meal around 1977

with youngest two children, mother-in-law and some family pets in the late 1970s

Sally with autoharp at Southeastern Massachusetts University in the 1980s

with auto harp at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) in the 1980s

Sally with goat on farm in Myricks in the 1980s or so

with goat on farm in Myricks in the 1980s or so

with oldest son in the mid-1980s

with oldest child on visit in the mid-1980s

Sally and Karl

with husband Karl on farm in the 1980s

with husband, youngest two children, and pet goats in the 1980s

in the kitchen sometime around the 1980s

in the kitchen sometime around the 1980s

younger son, mother Bernice, daughter, and Sally in the 1980s

with youngest two children, mother-in-law, and family friend in the 1980s

Sally at work

at work around the 1980s or so

Sally in the 1970s or 1980s

Sally in the 1980s

Sally with her sister-in-law Marge

with her sister-in-law Marge in the 1980s or so

Sally and Karl in Massachusetts around the 1990s

with husband around the late 1980s

with three children and mother-in-law in the early 1990s

with dear friends Philip, Penny, and family in the Caribbean around the late 1990s

with Philip, Penny, and family in the Caribbean in the late 1990s

Sally and husband in 2001

with husband in 2001

in the kitchen in 2006

in the kitchen in 2006

jewelry Sally sold in Caribbean gift shop

besides clothing, Sally also made jewelry and various food products

Sally and daughter-in-law in Georgetown in 2006

with daughter-in-law in Georgetown in 2006

with daughter-in-law, husband at friend Shirley's hotel-restaurant in 2006

with daughter-in-law, husband at friend Shirley’s hotel-restaurant in 2006

Sally with daughter-in-law in 2006

with daughter-in-law in 2006

Sally Eklund with her husband and daughter-in-law in 2006

with husband and daughter-in-law in 2006

Sally and Karl on the island

with partner in the 2000s

working in the kitchen in 2008

working in the kitchen in 2008

cooking lessons in 2008

cooking lessons in 2008

making pizza from scratch in 2008

making pizza from scratch in 2008

Sally and family with Taiwanese ambassador to St. Vincent in 2008

family with Taiwanese ambassador to St. Vincent in 2008

Taiwanese agricultural mission at Orange Hill, St. Vincent in 2008

Taiwanese agricultural mission at Orange Hill, St. Vincent in 2008

Sally and members of the Taiwanese community on St. Vincent plus her daughter-in-law prepare for a Lunar New Year feast in 2008

with members of the Taiwanese community on St. Vincent plus her daughter-in-law preparing for a Lunar New Year feast in 2008

Emily and Philip in 2008

Emily and Philip in 2008

Sally shopping in St. Vincent in 2008

shopping in St. Vincent in 2008

Sally at the Pirates of the Caribbean set in St. Vincent in 2008

at the Pirates of the Caribbean set in St. Vincent in 2008

Sally with Ben, Shelia, older son, and daughter-in-law on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean in St. Vincent in 2008

with Ben, Shelia, older son, and daughter-in-law on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean in St. Vincent in 2008

Sally and daughter-in-law in the Caribbean in 2008

with daughter-in-law in the Caribbean in 2008

with family and friends Ann and Paul in 2008

with family and friends Ann and Paul in 2008

Sally and daughter-in-law at the beach in 2008

with daughter-in-law at the beach in 2008

Sally working in her Caribbean garden in 2008

working in her Caribbean garden in 2008

with family on the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines in 2008

with family on the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines in 2008

Sally with husband, older son, and daughter-in-law in 2008

with husband, older son, and daughter-in-law in 2008

Sally and Karl in 2009

driving in 2009

Sally and daughter-in-law in island garden in 2010

with daughter-in-law in island garden in 2010

at a birthday party at the Baldwin residence in the 2010s

at a birthday party at the Baldwin residence in the 2010s

Sally, Karl, and Cheryl in 2013

with Cheryl in 2013

Sally, husband, and friend in 2013

Baldwin, Sally, and husband in 2013

Ann, Sally, Paul, and Karl in 2013

Ann, Sally, Paul, and Karl in 2013

with family in 2013

with family in 2013

Sally in 2013

Sally in 2013

Kelly, Ceana, and Conroy in 2013

Kelly, Ceana, and Conroy in 2013

Kelly and Ceana with Samson and Paulie in 2013

Kelly and Ceana with Samson and Paulie in 2013

Sally with husband, daughter-in-law, and older son in 2014

with husband, daughter-in-law, and older son in 2014

Sally with daughter-in-law and friend in May 2014

with daughter-in-law and four-legged friend in May 2014

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