Eckman, Bea

Written by David Green.

Beatrice Lavern Eckman, 85, of rural West Unity, Ohio, died at her home Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Clifford W. and Caroline (Paine) Paison. She married Herbert “Bill” Eckman on June 1, 1947, and he survives.

Bea lived her early life in the Morenci, Mich., area, where she graduated from high school in 1944. She worked at Bancroft Cleaners retail store in Morenci where she met the love of her life, Herbert. They later moved to California, where she served as a school librarian and was a member of the PTA. She was also an avid volunteer for the March of Dimes.

Her family  was the greatest pleasure of her life. She was skilled at writing warm and loving letters, and was a diligent reader of newspapers.

In addition to her husband, Bea is survived by a son, William (and Donna) Eckman of Murrieta, Calif.; three daughters, Pamela Kast, Cynthia Lucas, and Deborah (and Dennis) Wann, all of Bryan, Ohio; a brother, Kenneth (and Shirley) Paison of Fayette; eight grandchildren, Jared, Jimmy, Mark, Krista, Heather, Holly, Ashley and Alexander; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Anna; and a step great-grandson, Ross.

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Paul Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Friday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Williams County Humane Society. 

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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