Almira Eudora Eck
April 9, 1925 - May 11, 2014
Almira Eudora Eck was born in Salem to Knute and Hilda Anderson on April 9, 1925. She passed away peacefully on Mother's Day from natural causes. She was 89 years old.
Almira lived in various cities throughout Oregon and California. She met Howard Mendell Robertson, the love of her life, in the summer of 1942 while picking hops in Salem. They were married in the summer of 1944 at Fall Creek Christian Church, in Fall Creek, Oregon. In 1947, 5 months pregnant with their first child, Howard Mendall passed away from rheumatic heart disease. Almira moved back to her family farm at the top of Kuebler Road in Salem until she married Robert Lawrence Eck in 1953.
Together, Robert and Almira had 5 children and lived in various cities in California. Robert was a master carpenter with an adventurous spirit. At one point in their life together, they lived on a ranch in Forks of Salmon in northern California. The property was accessed by a swinging bridge which spanned the Salmon River. All heating and cooking was done with a wood burning stove and electricity was obtained by a gas powered generator. Their marriage ended in 1968.
She moved back to her hometown of Salem with all 6 children. Never to be outdone by the challenges of life that she faced, she obtained a job as a social worker for the State of Oregon. Almira loved to serve and assisted many people while qualifying and working with applicants for social services. Her compassion for people and her tireless efforts to provide for her family made her an exemplary employee, mother, and friend.
Almira loved to garden, spend time with family, cook, and was always counted in on any of the family adventures. Her various activities have included backpacking into the Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters Wilderness areas; swimming in the rivers of the Willamette Valley; cross country skiing around Crater Lake National Park; and traveling to Norway, Thailand, Singapore, Mongolia, China, and Canada.
In 1990, Almira retired after 24 years of service with the Adult and Family Services in Salem. In her retirement, she continued to live in her South Salem home and dedicated the remainder of her life to spending time with her many family members and provided a constant stream of love, support, and attention.
Almira is survived by her children, Darrell Robertson and wife Clarice, Richard Eck and wife Teresa, Greg Eck and wife Wai Hing, Mary Ballard and husband Jeff, Steve Eck and wife Beth, Linda Devereux and husband Norman, 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
As Almira was a strong believer in Jesus Christ, a celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 1:00 PM at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service - 605 Commercial St SE in Salem. A public optional viewing will be available from 9-12:00 AM. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.