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Betty Eckes

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Loving mother, U.S. Air Force flight nurse
Betty Eckes, 78, of Alamogordo, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at her home.
She was born March 4, 1930, in Omaha, Neb., to John Henry and Gladys (Hunter) Foley. She was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1952, trained as a flight nurse and served in active duty at the end of the Korean Conflict.
She was a loving mother to her six children, Valerie O'Leary and husband, Kevin, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; Teresa Thompson and husband, Donald, of El Paso; Roman Eckes and wife, Maria, of El Paso; Greg Eckes and wife, Sylvia, of Lewisville, Texas; Mary Eckes, of El Paso; and Gavin Eckes and wife, Denise, of Alamogordo. She was also the sister, friend and mentor to her niece, Sherry Jones, and husband, Ron, of Long Beach, Calif.
She loved and is also survived by eight grandchildren: Zabie, Zach, Brittani, Courtney, Thomas, Aubrei, Brandi and Collin, as well as four great-grandchildren.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at St. Jude Mission with Father Wayne Herpin, S.J., officiating.
The Eckes family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 20 to Mar. 11, 2009
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