Mildred May Eckles, 91, of Hughesville, Mo passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at her home. She was born on October 17, 1921 in Sedalia a daughter of Cebe and Doris Stark Brownfield.
On March 15, 1943, she was united in marriage to Ernest Eckles, who preceded her in death on December 12, 2009.
She was a long time member of Dresden Baptist Church. Upon its closing she began attending Bethel United Methodist Church of Hughesville. She was a member of the United Methodist Women's group. Mildred was getting ready for church on the morning that she died. She loved her garden and flowers. She was a wonderful conversationalist and many people commented on how they loved talking with her. She made many quilts and every one of her children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren received at least one from her as gifts. Mildred never let her homemade cookies run out in the carton on her kitchen table, because a hungry grandchild or neighbor might happen to stop by and need at least one. She was a very giving person, and even in death she is still giving; because she donated her body to science at the University of MO in Columbia.
She is survived by a son, Carl (Shorty) Eckles, and his wife, Melinda (Rusty) of Sedalia; a daughter, Karen Powell, and her husband Glenn of Hughesville; five grandchildren: Sherry (Chris ) Gorrell, Angela (Tim) Ehlers, Jacob Eckles, Zebulon Eckles, Abraham (Addison) Eckles; one grandson-in-law, Steven Lane; seven great grandchildren: Stephanie (Dustin) Morey, Kayla Lane, Marissa Gorrell, Amber Gorrell, Kelsey Ehlers, Jessica Ehlers and Abiner Eckles; one great-great grandson, Wyatt Kidder.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Janet Lane and a brother, Clyde Brownfield.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Bethel United Methodist Church, Hughesville, MO with Pastor Casey Henry officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel United Methodist Church in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.
Rea Funeral Chapel
1001 S. Limit Sedalia, MO 65301
Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on Sept. 17, 2013