Wanda Mae Eckhoff, 71
Wanda Mae Eckhoff, 71, of Cole Camp, died Friday, September 18, 2015, at Rockford, Illinois. She was born on August 11, 1944, in Weatherby, Missouri, a daughter of Cecil and Hazel (McFee) Smith.
She attended elementary school in Darlington and was baptized in 1955 in Daviess County near Fairview Baptist Church. In 1962, she graduated from Winston High School and went to work as a library assistant at Baptiste Junior High School in Kansas City.
On June 26, 1966, she was united in marriage to Orlyn R. Eckhoff at Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. Kraut. The couple moved to Cole Camp, where she became a secretary at Benton County R-1 School. She was an office manager at Jim Otten Insurance Agency in Cole Camp, retiring in 2010 after 38 years.
On November 23, 1968, she was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp. Wanda was active in her church, teaching Sunday School for many years, was a member of the Trinity Circle Plan and current secretary of the Martha Circle, had served in several capacities as a member of Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), and was director of Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool.
She is survived by: her husband, Orlyn Eckhoff of the home;
her daughter, Tammy Weber and her husband Michael of Marshall;
her son, Jeffrey Eckhoff and his wife Amanda Lewis of Ankeny, Iowa;
three sisters, Wilma Harris of Rockford, Illinois, Ruth Sprague of Maryville, and Emma Campbell of Kearney;
her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Deffenbaugh of Overland Park, Kansas;
four grandchildren, Allison Weber, Caleb Weber, Elliot Eckhoff, and Hazel Eckhoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Hazel Smith, her brother, Clifford Eugene Smith, and her brother-in-law, Ethan Deffenbaugh.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, with Pastor Jeffrey Kuddes officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Cole Camp.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp with a prayer at 8:00 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool or Benton County Cancer Society in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.
Pallbearers will be Randy Caldwell, Scott Henrichs, Kennie VonHolten, Doug Deffenbaugh, Melvin McFee, Danny Puckett, Brent Otten, Dale Schnackenberg, and Brad Schnackenberg.