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REBA V. ECKERT (Age 94)
On Friday afternoon, July 20, 2012 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Born July 27, 1917 in Franklin WV to Henry and Martha (Waggy) Simmons, she was preceded in death by her five siblings, Archie Simmons, Janet Schmeichel, Mary Lyons, Lacy Simmons and Myrtle Harper; her devoted husband, Karl Eckert and eldest son, Michael Eckert. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Pidone, and a son, Mark Eckert; grandchildren, Thomas, Jason and Amber Eckert, Dawn Sessions, Lauren Pidone and Emily Nieman; as well as great grandchildren, Dylan and Alicen Eckert, Tucker and Connor Sessions, Damien Eckert-Williams and Xaria Williams; as well as Bill Pidone, Brandi Eckert, Cole Lisko and many other extended family members. During the 1940s-60s, she was the owner of Reba's Beauty Salon in D.C. before the family relocated to Temple Hills MD. Reba and Karl retired in 1972 to their "Almost Heaven" lake-side home in Harpers Ferry WV where she enjoyed helping at the local Meals On Wheels and the Charles Town Opera House. Some years after Karl's death, she moved to Gaithersburg MD to be nearer to family and remained in the surrounding area until her death. A memorial service will be planned at a future date.
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 3, 2012