June 27, 1938 – April 3, 2019
It is with great sadness that the daughters of Arlene Eckert announce her passing at age 80. She left this world peacefully in the presence of her loving family. Mom always had a cheery, upbeat attitude and infectious laugh, but she lost her spark after losing her husband of 61 years, Ben, who predeceased her in August 2018. She leaves behind daughters Jody and her husband Randy, Jill and her husband Stan, and Jay and her husband Russell; grandsons Jason and Jake; granddaughters Emily and Randee and her husband Lee; great grandson Carey; great granddaughters Madison and Kinsley; brother Robert and his wife Pat and their children and grandchildren; and a large extended family.
Mom was born in Vernon and lived her entire life in the Okanagan. She spent the majority of her life in Lumby and lived on Whitevale Road for more than 50 years. She was very proud of the time she spent working as a teller at the Scotia Bank in Lumby, where she formed many friendships.
Mom was an adventurous soul who took up riding a motorbike in her 40s and continued riding into her 70s. One of her fondest memories was riding her motorbike in the North Okanagan Santa Toy Run. She also loved the tandem hang glide flight she took to celebrate her 65th birthday. Mom was incredibly talented in many ways and an accomplished seamstress and quilter. She had a thirst for knowledge and was always cutting out interesting articles she read in a newspaper. She greeted visitors to her home with a huge smile and “I’ll put on the kettle for tea.” Although Mom battled Alzheimer’s disease in her final years, she was still able to share a laugh over a cup of tea or while watching a funny TV show.
The family thanks the staff at the Hamlets in Vernon for their loving care of Mom and for their deep compassion during her final days. We also thank Charlene from We Care who was always there for Mom with a friendly face, a helpful attitude, and a gentle touch. We would like to make a special call out to Mom’s sister-in-law Pat, whose kindness, generosity, and willingness to lend a helping hand were limitless.
We will hold a joint Celebration of Life for Mom and Dad in Lumby, BC, in the coming months. Details will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250-542-4333.
Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com.
A Celebration of Life to honour Ben and Arlene Eckert will be held Saturday, July 6, at 2 pm at the OAP Hall, 1737 Glencaird Street, Lumby, BC. Ben passed away in August 2018 and Arlene in April 2019. Their family invites you to stop by and share your memories.
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home