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Betty Eckelberry

Jul 22nd, 1923 - Apr 7th, 2019

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Cisne Cemetery


     Laura Elizabeth “Betty” Eckelberry, age 95, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday afternoon April 7, 2019, at Flora Gardens Care Center.

     She was born July 22, 1923, in Wayne County, the daughter of Marion and Mary (Orr) Mitchell.

     Betty was well-known for owning and operating BJ Travel and BJ Fashions.  She was a member of First Christian Church in Flora and the Clay County Hospital Auxiliary.  She had been part of the singing “Sweet Adelines,” was an avid card player, and enjoyed following St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.

     She is survived by her 4 children: Dan Fout of Henderson, Kentucky, Barb Tackitt of Flora, Doug Fout of Flora, and Charles Mainer of Flora; 7 grandchildren: Bill Fout, Cheryl (Mike) Church, Elizabeth Tackitt, Robby Tackitt, Seth Fout, Derek Mainer, and Lindsey Mainer; several great-grandchildren; and a brother: Bob (Hazel) Mitchell of Fairfield.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Charles (Shirley) Mitchell; son-in-law: Bob Tackitt; and daughter-in-law: Connie Fout.

     A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Cisne Cemetery, with Loren Holloway officiating.  Arrangements are in the care of Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to Flora Gardens Activity Fund or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice and will be accepted through the funeral home.  


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David Stewart

April 8th

Barb and family I am so very sorry to hear this. I never got to come and see her after we spoke on the phone because I had a few surgeries to go thru. Betty was such a great person and a true friend. I will miss her and always cherish the memories from all our bus trips. God bless you all.

Judy Lusk

April 8th

I always enjoyed talking to Betty. She was such a nice lady. My condolences to the family,

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

April 8th

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember first meeting Betty when she ran the skating rink here in Flora. She was a good woman. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Mike and Sharon Gray

April 8th

So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady, I enjoyed visiting and playing pinochle with her. She was very witty and a lot if fun. Prayers for you and your family.

Bruce & Nannette Richards

April 8th

Sorry for your loss, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God guide and comfort you at this time.

Tammy Akes

April 8th

Barb and family. so sorry for your loss. Peace, n luv to everyone. there are no right words at this time. Peace blessed peace. She's found hers...


April 8th

I loved visiting with Betty. She had such a contagious smile that could be seen from across the room. Her face always beamed when I spoke of her family. You could always tell she was so proud of each family member. Betty will be missed by all who knew her. She is in heaven now surrounded by many family and friends and in the comfort of God. May God bring comfort to you and your family. May you always cherish your time with Betty and cherish the wonderful memories that you will always have of her.

Meryl woods jr

April 8th

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family.

Barbara Collins

April 8th

So sorry to hear of Betty's passing. Always enjoyed talking with her and traveling on some of her bus trips.

Jim and Aleta Tackitt

April 8th

Barb and Family: Betty had a beautiful smile and a personality to match. I know how much you will miss her. You are in many thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Jean McDaniel

April 8th

Barb and family, So sorry for your loss. Betty and I had a lot in common and a great time telling stories. She will be missed.

Iris Burgener

April 9th

Sorry for your loss. My mother, Joyce Powell sang with her and thought the world of her.

Steve and Nancy Mink

April 9th

Our thought and prayers are with you.

Lynne and Fred Gocey

April 9th

Sorry for your loss.

donna myers

April 9th

Barb so sorry for your loss. Betty and I had lots of fun when I worked for her. She will be missed.


April 9th

I am so sorry for your loss I will be praying for you and your family I want you to know if need anything I am there for you

Julie Lewis Giddens

April 9th

Thoughts and prayers to all. Always such a sweet lady. Will always remember walking by her house and her sitting on her porch and always speaking to ya.

James Hance

April 9th

What a fantastic sense of humor this lady had. We laughed alot in her house. Much Love and Prayers . RIP

Robert and Beverly Childers

April 9th

Barb: We are saddened at the news of your loss of your mother. She has been a good friend over the many years she has been in the Flora community. She will be missed by her many friends for sure. Good memories of her will always remain with us. Prayers for her family.

Norma Clarner

April 9th

So very sorry for your loss she was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed

Ron Pruitt

April 11th

My sincere condolences, I will always cherish Betty caring so much for all the Clay City children, many fond memories, Betty would load a station wagon full of kids and to the Flora skating rink we would go. Stayed many nights at her home, Charlie was a close friend growing up as kids..

Kristy (Woomer) Kramer

April 10th

Betty, BJ, was an amazing woman. May you treasure many years of memories.

Glenda Cooper

April 10th

My dear friend I fill as I've know you my whole life. You were so good to us as little kids at the skating rink. You've just been a lifelong friend. Rest in peace you have touched allot of hearts hear on earth.

Mark lagle

April 10th

One of the sweetest person I have know during my life. Loved her dearly. I had no idea working at the nursing home she was there. We used to have long chats when we seen each other. Very special person to me. Bless you all.

Alice Totten

April 11th

She is being remembered by her beautiful personality and enjoyment of working with people

Charity (Jordan) Quick

April 13th

We loved Miss Betty. She was our next door neighbor for years before we moved out of town. She was always so good to my boys, bringing them sweets and toys. I know she loved her kids and grandchildren, and we were lucky enough to have known her.



David & Judy Bryden
Ken & Tammy Haven
David Stewart
Angela Tibbs Elliott
Angela Tibbs Elliott
Linda Harrell Judd
Brian Humphrey
Jim McGehee
Brenda Rinehart
Judy Lusk
Ed and Ruthi Trowbridge
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Peggy Nichols
Dana and Janet Franklin
Sonny and Brenda Perry
Don and Mary Smith
Larry and Sue Kramer
Cecelia Cardascio
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Bud & Linda Martin
Mike and Sharon Gray
Don, Jane and Darren Delaney
Tammy Akes
Tammy Byers
Artdean,Angelia Warren&family
Jean Guerrettaz
Jane Janes
Phil & Jane Henson
Pat Ridgeway
Linda c
Debra Brewer Spillman
Larry Frost
Meryl woods jr
Earl & Sherry Phillips
Betty Tucker Simmons
Vickie Simpson
J. Bowen
Norman Phillips
Larry & Deanna Allison
Larry and Melissa Milner
Chad & Emily Milner
Jim Fry
Steve and Cindy Valbert
Tom and Button Pemberton
June Payne
Gina Martin
Jim and Aleta Tackitt
Myron and Gail Woomer
Joe& Linda Jones
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Gary and Brenda Miller
Vicky Cricelli-Milner
Newt and Carletta Noll
Tom & Connie Greenwood
Rick and Carolyn Perry
Diana & Greg Rutland
Mike & Deb McKinney
Walt and Doloris Brewer
Jean McDaniel and family
Peg. Finley
Jean Eskew
Sandy Meyer
Marilyn Stanford
Sheldon and June Smith
Chris Butler
Jeff and Janice Harr
Pauline Frost
Debra Edgington Slover
Tyler & Juli Thompson
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Steve and Mona Lewis
Amy Freeman-Griffith
Angela Tibbs Elliott
Debbie King Casell
James Hance
Rich and Tammy Wyman
Ruth Stanford
Ron & Mary Anne Ayers
Larry & Sue Williams
Carol Eastin Coleman
Heritage Woods of Flora Staff & Residents
Mike & Karen Pickel
Robin and Sharla Todd
Patti Tackitt ORyan
Bob and Beverly Childers
Pamela King
Norma Clarner
Debbie Lamb
Tammy Steward
Jim and Ardeth Freeman
Mark lagle
Tressa and Stuart Hamilton
Joann Stanford
Rose Anderson
Jami chase
Calvin and Anita Lake
Edna Sebring
Ashley and Roberta Moore
Ken and Helen Markham
Marjorie Phyllis Moats
Charity Quick
Marjorie Phyllis Moats
Jean Taylor
Joanne Hillderbrand Rogers
Allison Parker


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