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. 

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