Friday, November 24, 2017

Janice Ann Eckman

Janice Ann Eckman

Janice Ann Eckman, 70, from Hardin passed away May 9, 2017.
 
Janice was born in Hardin to Edmund and Ruth Muhlbeier on May 28, 1946 and was the eldest of nine children. She attended schools in Crow Agency and Wyola, and graduated from Hardin High School. Six days after graduation, she married Albert Raymond Eckman and the two were married for 52 years. Janice and Albert had four children: Jacob, Jana, Elizabeth (Beth) and Lonnie. 
 
Since Janice loved flowers so much, she spent 39 years providing flowers and plants to the local area through the Eckman’s Greenhouse. Her favorite flowers were roses and Lilly of the Valley. Many of the local children came on fieldtrips to the Eckman Greenhouse and visited the chickens, rabbits and goats that were raised on the Eckman farm. Many of the children knew her as the Ladybug Lady. 
 
Being a lifelong member of the Christ E & R Church, she served in the capacity of Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, Confirmation teacher, and on the Search Committee and the Women’s Guild. Janice spent many years in support of 4-H as a parent, leader, judge and sponsor. Many years were spent on the Hardin Hospital Auxiliary and she provided the flowers at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery every year. Many of the roses planted at the Big Horn County Historical Museum are a result of Janice’s caring heart. 
 
Cultural exchange students were always welcomed into Janice’s home. Over the years, at least five students from foreign countries were welcomed and students from choir competitions, 4-H and church groups also found a home away from home.
 
Community involvement with United Blood Services was another of Janice’s passions. Many lives were saved with the blood drives she coordinated and the many gallons she personally donated. Janice worked many years for the Hardin School District with her last position being a family involvement coordinator. Many families learned how to spend quality time together after attending family math, reading and game nights she coordinated.
 
In her spare time, Janice found time for her other hobbies which included puzzles, games, baking, reading, gardening, canning the fruits of her labor and traveling.
 
Janice is survived by her husband Albert; her four children Jacob, Jana (Loren) Knoll, Beth (Dennis) White and Lonnie (Vanessa); seven grandchildren Ashley, Hannah, Derek, Phoebe, Thor, Krew and Rayann; and two great-grandchildren Kiegan and Keelan. Her seven siblings are Judi (Jon) Deim, Jean Muhlbeier, Joyce (Roger) Goodman, Jack Muhlbeier, Jay (Eileen) Muhlbeier, Joan (Tom) Braaton and Jodi (Scott) Brokaw. She is preceded in death by both of her parents and a baby brother (Jerry).
 
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Christ E & R Church in Hardin. Private disposition will be held at a later date. Any memorials can be given to the Big Horn County Historical Museum or a charity of your choice. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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