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Barbara Ellen EckensbergerPassing: June 20, 2019


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Haverly Funeral Chapel

Tuesday, June 25th @ 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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MITCHELL – Barbara Ellen (Williams) Eckensberger, 83, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019, at her residence.

Born January 12, 1936, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of William E. and Ellen Maria (Walker) Williams.

Barbara retired as office manager at Spring Mill State Park where she served more than 30 years.  She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1954 and was a member of Jacob Finger United Methodist Church, Mitchell Senior Citizens, and was an inactive member of Tri Kappa.  Barbara loved her family deeply, endlessly, and unconditionally.  She enjoyed traveling to visit her children.

Jeffry Eckensberger (Robert Byrd) of Indianapolis
Jennifer Eckensberger of Jacksonville, Florida
Julie Eckensberger of Bedford
Jay (Karen) Eckensberger of Los Angeles, California
Julius Eckensberger of Cancun, Mexico
Robin, Paige, and Layne Eckensberger
8 grandkitties
5 grandpuppies
Roger Stout of Mitchell
David (Sharon) Williams of Mitch
Stephen (Lana) Williams of Mitchell
Denny Williams of Bloomington
Gary Williams of Fort Branch

Her parents; son, Gregory Eckensberger; and brother, Ronald Williams, preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Haverly Funeral Chapel.  All are welcomed to a reception that will follow at the Mitchell Senior Citizens where she lived to dance and danced to live.

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14 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Patrice Buher | http://Scottsdale, AZ
    Date: July 5, 2019
    I am so, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Prayers to all of you....she was and remains so proud of you. My Mom, Joan and I loved to catch up with her. We would talk for hours standing in a store aisle or on the street. Imagine that!
  2. Guest: Donna Hart | http://Indianapolis Indiana
    Date: June 26, 2019
    Jennifer and family, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing your mom personally. But it seems like I did through your eyes. Loved seeing her dance and go places and enjoy life like she did. One special lady for sure. I know your hearts are hurting but I’m sure she is smiling and dancing still. She had a wonderful family, friends and a man who loved and took care of her in Roger. We all would love to have that in life. Bless all of you. Donna (Pace) Hart
  3. Guest: kevin andry | http://bedford
    Date: June 26, 2019
    I loved working with Barbara's Springmill, she was always kind inconsiderate to all. Very sorry to hear of her passing oh, she was a real sweetheart.
  4. Guest: Cindy Mullis | http://Mitchell, IN 47446
    Date: June 25, 2019
    Dear Jeff and Jennifer and family, I always appreciated your Mom. First knew her as the Secretary at Burris, she was always kind and always had a smile. Later on, we worked together at Spring Mill State Park. She “threw” me a Bridal Shower before I was married, it was wonderful and very thoughtful. Did you know that she and my Dad dated before he left for the Korean Conflict? God bless you all and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, Cindy and Bill Mullis
  5. Guest: Jackie (Kimble) Grimes | http://Salem
    Date: June 25, 2019
    My condolences to the Eckensburger family. Barbara was a beautiful woman inside and out.
  6. Guest: Nancy Duncan | http://Williams, Indiana
    Date: June 25, 2019
    Jay, Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Our Mothers were woman that legends are written. May it bring all Eckensberger siblings peace to know their Mom was admired and well thought of by all. Nancy
  7. Guest: Judy (Miller) Hasselkus | http://Indianapolis, IN
    Date: June 25, 2019
    Our condolences to the family (especially Julie). When I was a kid, Mrs. E used to welcome all her kids' friends to her home for Halloween parties and such. I had a bit of a mom crush on her back then. Sweet lady... Rest in peace.
  8. Guest: Lisa Desimon | http://Seattle Wa
    Date: June 25, 2019
    Mrs E was an amazing woman ...i only knew her briefly but i often look back now and say she is what a mother should be. I am touched that i got to know her.
  9. Guest: Tammy | http://Columbus, IN
    Date: June 25, 2019
    I’m so very sorry to hear the passing of Barb. I worked with her for several years at Spring Mill after I graduated from high school. I have so many good memories of her. She always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart. My condolences to the family. I am so very sorry.
  10. Guest: Doll katwaroo | http://St Martin WI.
    Date: June 25, 2019
    I never had the pleasure of meeting you (Barbara) but , you sin Julius aka Juls as I call him -spoke and published many beautiful moments about your flamboyant love to live All . Your smile was a sight to see as it seem to wash any horrible day I may had have .. Thank you 🙏 for being a great human being and your live will forever be remembered.. My sincere condolences to the Eckenberger families at this time 🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼
  11. Guest: Carole Skinner | http://Mitchell indiana
    Date: June 24, 2019
    I’m so so sorry for all the family❤ I loved Barbara so very much. She always said we were buddies. I will forever miss her precious face.
  12. Guest: Jim and Sharon Nash | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: June 24, 2019
    Our thoughts and prayers to Barbara's family. Barbara was a very nice lady. Jim and Sharon Nash
  13. Guest: Sheryl Walton | http://Mitchell
    Date: June 24, 2019
    Barbara was always a lady and had such a beautiful smile. She was always a caring and giving person. I was honored to have her as a friend.
  14. Guest: Kittie McLain | http://Mitchell
    Date: June 24, 2019
    Go to heaven a'shouting Barbara, dancing on heavens golden roads. Smile your beautiful smile and amaze the angels. Love you, and will miss you, my wonderful friend.