Margaret J. Eckerle, age 90, passed away Sept. 29, 2013 at her home in Bay City, Mich. Born in England, Jan. 7, 1923, Margaret served in the Royal Navy during World War II, and during that time met and married Kenneth L. Eckerle (USN). They settled in Kenneth's home state of Michigan and there raised three children, Karl, Keith, and Lynn Susan. Margaret and Kenneth moved to Sunny Hills in the late 1970s where they were active in many of the community organizations, including the Sunny Hills Volunteer Fire Department which Margaret served as dispatcher as well as secretary. Following Kenneth's death in 1984, Margaret remained in Sunny Hills until 2011, when she moved back to Michigan to be near family. For many years Margaret delivered Meals-on-Wheels for the Washington County Council on Aging. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Wausau Garden Club and the Sunny Hills Garden Club. She was an advocate for libraries and literacy programs and belonged to the Friends of the Library. Although she remained a member of the Church of England, Margaret was an active participant in the life and work of the Sunny Hills Community Church as well as St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Chipley. Those who knew Margaret are aware of the many, many ways in which she extended her hand to help others. She never sought recognition for her good works, although she was fiercely proud of having served in the Royal Navy. From her we learned much about conditions in England during the war years. Her service to the Allied cause is much appreciated, just as is her service to the people of Washington County.
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In addition to her three children, Margaret is survived by six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Following a private service, she was interred with her husband, Kenneth, in Cheboygan County, Mich.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Oct. 9, 2013