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Elizabeth Ann Eckenrode Hale

Millington, TN

Elizabeth "'Betty' Ann Eckenrode Hale, 83, of Millington, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at her home. Betty was born September 19, 1933 in Westminster, MD to the late Charles Donald and Marion Alice (Latshaw) Eckenrode. She was a valedictorian graduate of St. John's Catholic High School in Westminster. She met Walter D. Hale, a Georgia native, in Westminster, and the two were married in Alexandria, VA. They then began a 22-year Marine Corps life, which took them to Quantico, VA; Garden Grove, CA; and Cherry Point, NC. In November 1966, they brought their 9 children (at that time) to Millington, where Betty ardently began volunteering.

A natural-born leader, she had a talent for recognizing and meeting needs in the community, from forming organizations to sharing her famous cooking. She founded both the Millington Central High School's PTA and Millington's Community Day, as well as spearheaded many fundraisers within her various service organizations. She won a United Way Volunteer of the Year award in 1989 for cooking meals for the residents of Dismas House, a halfway house in Memphis. A large part of her volunteer work centered on her family's schools and interests. She was an active participant in her children and grandchildren's activities through both her attendance and her volunteerism. She served as a Boy Scout Den Mother; a member of the Band Boosters at Millington Middle and Millington Central High School; and a member of the PTAs at Millington South, Millington Middle, and Millington Central High School for many years.

Betty is survived by her 2 daughters, Barbara Hale (Steve Brown) of Memphis and Beth Hill (Andy) of Cordova, MD; 5 sons, Charles (Janice) of Collierville, Walter (Tricia), David (Darla), Louis (Mary) of Millington, and Tom (Carol) of Bartlett; daughter-in-law, Nina of Munford; sister, Jane McCullough (George) of Chester, MD; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 4 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, daughter Rebecca, 3 sons, Bill, Robert, and Brian; 4 grandchildren, Ricky , Bobby, Andy, and Joshua, and 2 sisters, Kathleen Lippy and Martha Thom.

A Rosary Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Munford Funeral Home (Millington Chapel), followed by a visitation from 6-9 p.m.

There will be a funeral mass at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at St. William Catholic Church in Millington. Burial will be at Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to: , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 14, 2017
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