Shirley D. Eckholm


Shirley D. Eckholm, daughter of Walter and Genevieve (Hulderson) Molumby was born on July 29, 1933 in Dickens, Iowa. She died on March 14, 2022 in Fairmont, Minnesota at the age of 88.

 A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Armstrong, Iowa at 11:00 a.m. on June 2, 2022. Interment will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Wadena, Iowa.

Shirley grew up in Emmetsburg, Iowa and in 1952, graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa. She received a Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing from LaSalle University. In July 1953, she married Dr. Roy Turner of Armstrong, Iowa and worked in his clinic through 1967.

In 1968 Shirley moved to Shakopee, Minnesota and married Lyle Eckholm in September 1970. She became a Correctional Counselor at the Minnesota Correctional Institute for Women in Shakopee in 1972 and retired from there 25 years later. Shirley and Lyle then moved south to Foley, Alabama where she lived until shortly before her death.

 Shirley is survived by her son Scott (Vicki) Turner of Kindred, North Dakota; daughter Marlene Turner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Joshua (fiancé’ Toi-Simone Turner), Shaun and Joseph (Ashley) Jeffries, and Jessica and Krista Turner; great-grandchildren Addison, Miles and Gabrielle Jeffries. She was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, her parents, half-brother B.J. Molumby and half-sister Kathryn (Messerli) Brothers.