RIDGWAY - Mary Lou Eckert, 85, a resident of Baton Rouge, La., passed away on Saturday (Aug. 31, 2013) at Sunrise Assisted Living of Baton Rouge.
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Lou was born in Lancaster County and grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and Bradford, where she graduated from Bradford High School. In her youth, Lou enjoyed fishing with her parents, playing golf, skiing and ice skating. She was an accomplished figure skater and enjoyed pairs skating.
Lou earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Rochester in Rochster, N.Y., and was a proud alumnus. Lou's passion was art. Her paintings were exhibited throughout the South. She won awards in juried shows, had paintings in private collections and was included in Who's Who in American Art. Lou was co-owner and later sole proprietor of Two Plus Two Ltd. Art Gallery in New Orleans, La., for 20 years.
Lou enjoyed volunteering her time to various art organizations, with the latest being the Elk County Council of the Arts. She had an infectious smile and beautiful blue eyes.
Lou was a loving and dedicated mother who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Mrs. Eckert is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Tim Zimmerman; a son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Virginia Eckert; five grandchildren, Courtney Psenik, Tyler McLellan, Matt McLellan, Jeffrey Eckert and Steven Eckert; stepgrandchildren, Annie Bechtel, Jed Zimmerman, Drew Zimmerman and Kayla Marie Cobble; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell A. and Bessie M. Keck; and her husband, Frank E. Eckert Jr.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Thompson Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Donald D. Hake, former pastor of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Thayer Memorial Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, Ridgway.
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, 2013