Mildred May Eckles, 91, of Hughesville, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at her home. She was born on Oct. 17, 1921 in Sedalia, a daughter of Cebe and Doris Stark Brownfield.
On March 15, 1943 she was married to Ernest Eckles, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2009.
She was a longtime member of Dresden Baptist Church. Upon its closing she began attending Bethel United Methodist Church of Hughesville. She was a member of the United Methodist Women’s group. She was getting ready for church on the morning that she died. She loved her garden and flowers. She was a wonderful conversationalist and many people commented on how they loved talking with her. She made many quilts and every one of her children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren received at least one from her as gifts. She donated her body to science at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
She is survived by a son, Carl (Shorty) Eckles and his wife Melinda (Rusty) of Sedalia; a daughter, Karen Powell and her husband Glenn of Hughesville; five grandchildren, Sherry (Chris ) Gorrell, Angela (Tim) Ehlers, Jacob Eckles, Zebulon Eckles, Abraham (Addison) Eckles; one grandson-in-law, Steven Lane; seven great grandchildren, Stephanie (Dustin) Morey, Kayla Lane, Marissa Gorrell, Amber Gorrell, Kelsey Ehlers, Jessica Ehlers and Abiner Eckles; one great-great grandson, Wyatt Kidder.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Janet Lane and a brother, Clyde Brownfield.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Bethel United Methodist Church, Hughesville, with Pastor Casey Henry officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel United Methodist Church in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.