Margaret Helen Eckhoff, 97, of Cole Camp, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at her home.
She was born May 18, 1925, in Kansas City, daughter of Lawrence William and Helen Marie (Taggart) Kiell.
Margaret graduated with honors at the age of 16 from William Chrisman High School, where she was in the art service club. When she was young, she worked at a five and dime store.
On her 21
birthday, May 18, 1946, at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, she was united in marriage to Forest Clinton Eckhoff after he returned from the war.
She worked in accounting at Montgomery Ward and in the construction industry. She was also an Avon rep.
Margaret moved to Cole Camp from Kansas City around 1985-86. She and Forest enjoyed traveling the world and bowling together. Being a history buff, Margaret especially enjoyed their travels. She also enjoyed quilting, playing cards, belonged to the Iris Club in Cole Camp, and volunteered at the Cole Camp Museum. She was an avid collector of tea pots and antique glassware. She loved music and had a lovely voice.
Margaret was a member of Cole Camp United Methodist Church, where she was active in the ladies group. She provided transportation to seniors for doctor’s appointments.
Surviving are three children, Clint Eckhoff of Cole Camp, Marsha Loveland (Gene) of Grain Valley, and Sheila Hutchison of Cole Camp; daughter-in-law, Susan Eckhoff; seven grandchildren, Gregory Eckhoff, Erin Arrendale, Lauren Eckhoff, Steven Eckhoff, Nicholas Morris, Margaret “Maggie” Morris and Donald Rhodelander; and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Steven Eckhoff; a brother, Lawrence William Kiell; and son-in-law, Eddie Hutchison.
A private burial will be in Cole Camp Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sedalia.