ECKERT, Li Ming|
Li Ming Eckert, 74, of Austin, Texas, Program Coordinator for The University of Texas at Austin ASNE Program, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at her home.
She was born to the late IChung and Yi Ying Sung, Dec. 20, 1939, in Hong Kong B.B.C. Li grew up in Forest Hills, NY and then moved to Ithaca, NY where she was in the Navy Reserves. She worked as an Administrative Assistant to one of the Professors, Dr. Darrah, at Cornell University, which is where she met her ex-husband Neal E. Eckert. Neal and Li were married September 10, 1960. On November 8, 1961, she received her US Naturalization Citizenship. And on June 7, 1962, she was honorably discharged from the Navy Reserves.
In 1964, Li and her family relocated to Carbondale, IL, where she was a strong supporter of her husband's political career and travelled with him all over the state for charity and political events. Li helped with the family business, Eckert Orchards, and ran the Eckert's Grocery Store in Carbondale.
Li and her family relocated to Texas in 1978, first to Houston for six months and then to Austin. She worked for Marriot, Texas Commerce Bank, and The University of Texas at Austin. All of her work experiences gave her a sense of pride and enabled her to make long lasting friendships.
In her free time, she loved to play bridge at the Bridge Center of Austin. There, she met many great friends and would always talk about the wonderful times she experienced. Li also cherished the time she spent volunteering at her grandchildren's school, Patsy Sommer Elementary. At the school, she touched many teachers' lives. She also loved to travel and attend performances at the theater.
Li's pride and joy were her children and her grandchildren. When she wasn't helping them, she was doting on them. She brought so much joy to everyone she was around; she was always the light in every room. She cared deeply for her friends and she cherished every relationship.
Li is survived by three children and five grandchildren: Kim Eckert and (Gilbert Cantu, Jr); Jon Eckert and (Jennifer Eckert) and their three children Jasmine, Juliana, and Jayden; Del Eckert and his two children Madeline and Preston. She is also survived by her Aunt Susan Sung and nephews Zack, Nicholas, and Max Sung.
Services will be held for family members and friends of Li's on Sunday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 Ranch Road 620 South immediately followed by a Celebration of Life across the entryway.
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 3 to May 4, 2014