Ellen Weigant, local pharmacist, prepares to retire

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Ellen Weigant, of Weigants' Pharmacy in Pawhuska, has decided to retire after more than 40 years in the profession.

Ellen Weigant has decided it’s time to step away from her career of more than 40 years as a pharmacist.

A reception for her is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Pawhuska Community Center.

“I’m certainly not leaving Pawhuska; born and raised here and love it,” Weigant said, giving an assurance that she’s not going anywhere, she’s just changing her priorities. She is a mother of six and grandmother of 11, and will have more time for her family. She is also a devout Catholic who is looking forward to having more time for church.

“I like to go to daily Mass and Adoration, and I haven’t been able to do that since Jim passed,” she said, referring to the death in January 2015 of her husband, James Michael Weigant Sr.

Ellen Fronkier Weigant, 68, was valedictorian of the 1971 graduating class at Pawhuska High School. She and her late husband finished their pharmacy education in 1976 at the University of Oklahoma and opened their store, Weigants’ Pharmacy, in Pawhuska on Oct. 1, 1979.

She has carried on with the business, and in 2019 marked four decades of pharmacy service to the Pawhuska community.

“I’m Osage. I just think we’ve got a special bond with this land,” Weigant said. She recalled growing up on a small ranch and learning the sounds that other creatures made.

“I’ve had a few people kind of look at me and say, ‘Are you sure you’re ready for this?’” Weigant said. She clarified that she is ready and does not live in fear, whether of COVID-19 or other challenges.

“God is in control. I understand that very well,” she said.

Weigant said Lindsay and Gavin Gatrell will be taking over the pharmacy. Lindsay Gatrell is a pharmacist and her husband is involved in the business end of things, Weigant explained.

Lindsay Gatrell is planning to be at the reception on July 24, Weigant said.