Evelyn Faith Ball Eckman, 83, of Roanoke, died December 20, 2011. She was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Bert and Mahala Ball. Her husband, Guy Ellis Eckman, Jr., and a son Guy Ellis "Ted" Eckman III also preceded her in death.
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Lynn Eckman could never have been the best kept secret in the world because she pretty much knew most people in the world; and those she had not met yet she already loved as though she'd known them for all time.
A powerhouse at 90 lbs, Lynn was proof that dynamite comes in a small package and the explosions in her wake were of great unbridled joy and laughter.
She was a lover of people-- all kinds-- and a lover of words--all kinds--and there is no volume or publication large enough to print all the words that could be written of her. She exemplified the word "cherish," for she truly cherished her family, her friends, and her beloved rescued cats, and she made sure those she did cherish knew so every second of the day.
To say she will be missed is the understatement of the century, to say she will be remembered fondly is the truest statement of the century, and to know she forever dances through our hearts, and in Heaven, is the most comforting thought we can share right now. We love you, Lynn. Thank you for making us a part of your life.
She was a graduate of Penn State and earned her Master's Degree from Hollins University. She was Professor Emerita of Foreign Languages at Roanoke College. During her long tenure there, she was well loved by her students, and was even voted Professor of the Year by the Student Body.
She is survived by her son, David Winston Eckman, of Roanoke and a sister, June Behrman of Lafayette Hills PA, four nephews, her "surrogate daughter" and very good friend Jeanne Schilgen, her beloved cat Noel, and many other loving friends.
Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at the Antrim Chapel of Roanoke College. The Rev. Paul Henrickson will officiate, and a reception will follow at the Olin Hall Gallery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Roanoke College Guy Eckman Award for Independent Study. 221 College LN, Salem VA 24153. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel and Crematory.
Published in Roanoke Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, 2011