Betty J. Eckstine, 79

MAY 8, 1933-SEPT. 11, 2012

September 11, 2012
  • Eckstine

Betty Jane Eckstine, 79, of Hagerstown, Md., died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Williamsport Nursing Home in Williamsport, Md.

Born May 8, 1933, on the family farm at Huyetts Crossroads, Md., she was the daughter of the late Walter Perry and Mary Pearl Harsh Beckley.

She was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Women of the Church.

She was a member of Dry Run Homemakers, a charter member of Wacohu Grange and served a term with the Southern States Home Advisory Board.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John Edward Eckstine; one daughter, Linda Sue Mireles of Victorville, Calif.; one son, John Edward Eckstine Jr. of Hagerstown; two sisters, Ruth Joanne Saunders and Margaret Sprecher; two grandchildren, Natasha Paxia and Evin Swaim; and two great-grandchildren, Savanah Paxia and Noah Paxia.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Plank, Elizabeth Grab, Edith Seibert and Genevieve Schnebly; and three brothers, Walter Beckley Jr., Elmer Beckley and Paul Beckley.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 S. Martin St., Clear Spring, Md. The Rev. Elaine Swinehart and the Rev. Steve Wagoner will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Williamsport.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown and from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 198, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

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