Evelyn T. Eck, 93, passed away quietly in her sleep at her home in Shavertown on Sunday morning, November 30, 2008.
She had been a resident at the Village of Greenbriar for 2½ years prior to her death. A graduate of West Pittston High School, Evelyn attended Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing to become a registered nurse and practiced private-duty nursing until her marriage in 1940.
She continued her involvement with Nesbitt for over half a century, serving on the Board of the Hospital Auxiliary in the role of president, was on the Hospital Board of Trustees as Chairman of Community Relations and volunteered for years in the Hospitality Shop.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Dallas, where she sang in the choir for over 60 years, was a member of the Dorcas Society and served on the Church Council. Her civic interests included participation in the Dallas Women’s Club, the Women’s Glee Club, Irem Women’s Golf and served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Wyoming Valley and the Wyoming Valley United Way.
Over the years she also taught Sunday School and served as both a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was named Mrs. Wyoming Valley in 1956.
Evelyn is survived by a son, Dr. Jack Eck, and wife Kathleen, of Vail, Colo.; and daughters Marilyn Eck, of Seattle, Wash.; Dorothy Strauch and husband Dan, of Discovery Bay, Calif.; and Beverly Williams and husband Steve, of Castle Rock, Colo.; granddaughters Gretchen Strauch of Seattle, Wash.; Hilary McArthur and husband Jason, of Pacifica, Calif.; and one great-grandson, Zachary McArthur; sister Mary Reese, of Dallas; brothers Tom Templin and wife Marian, of Shavertown; Ralph Templin and wife Pat, of Golden, Colo.; sisters-in-law Shirley Templin, of Dallas; Betty Templin, of Singer Island, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Frederick John Eck; as well as a sister and five brothers.
A service celebrating her life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Dallas, Pa., on Sunday, December 28, 2008, at 3 p.m. with a reception for family and friends to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to one of the following organizations be considered; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas, Pa.; Planned Parenthood of Wyoming Valley; or Hospice Community Care.