Sunday, April 12, 2015

Memorial service for Nancy Paige Grimes Eckhardt February 12, 1929 - March 5, 2015

Memorial service for Nancy Paige Grimes Eckhardt February 12, 1929 - March 5, 2015

Our family attended a wonderful memorial "celebration of life" for Nancy Paige Grimes Eckhardt today at the Westminster Fire Department.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Nancy Paige Grimes Eckhardt February 12, 1929 - March 5, 2015

Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words. Be somebody that makes somebody feel like somebody.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our sister Nancy Paige Grimes Eckhardt

We thank you for giving her to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth and our service to our community. 

In your boundless compassion, console us who still mourn. 

Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

I am reminded of one of Maya Angelou most famous quotes that makes me think of Nancy Eckhardt, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

We pray for the friends and family of Nancy Eckhardt, the wife of Pastor Rick Eckhardt, retired, who died on March 5, 2015.

Nancy was a wonderful person.

“We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord, so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7-8)

From her obituary we learned: Nancy Paige Grimes Eckhardt age 86 of New Windsor, was called to rest on Thursday, March 5, 2015, after a heroic battle with health complications. She will be greatly missed.

She was born on February 12, 1929, President Lincoln’s birthday, in Reisterstown, Maryland. She was the daughter of the late Harmon and Lydia Akehurst Grimes. Her beloved twin sister, Shirley, was born first. After her, a surprise - a second little girl! Lydia didn’t have another name chosen, so someone suggested Nancy Hanks, Abe Lincoln’s mother, which was well received and became this little twin’s name.

She always spoke with delight about her growing up years in Reisterstown, of walking to school with her sister, of friendships, of a little town, at the time, which was full of interesting characters and a constant supply of adventures.

After graduating from Franklin High School in 1946 she went on to Bard Avon Business School in Baltimore, and then to work at Suburban Gas Propane Company in Woodensburg, Maryland. In 1951 she married a Glyndon boy, Fred P. Eckhardt, of Central Avenue, and after he was ordained into the Lutheran ministry, new adventures began for both of them.

Her long, interesting life included working alongside her husband in churches in Appalachia, in New York City, and in Westminster, Maryland. She deeply appreciated and embraced all the many people she met, and they in turn loved her.

Her life in New York was particularly life-changing with the birth and upbringing of five children in Greenwich Village; she grew to truly appreciate living in such a diverse, vibrant city. She remembered it fondly until her last days, just as she also remembered her years in Reisterstown and Westminster.

She was predeceased by her parents, as well as her brother Melvin Grimes, her sister Doris Grimes, and her beloved identical twin sister, Shirley Weber.

“Nance” is survived by her family, which was her pride and joy; her husband of 64 years, The Rev. Dr. Fred P. Eckhardt, of New Windsor; her children, Tim, Jim, Fredi, Cami and Heidi; her son-in-law, Chris Cull; her five grandchildren, Ben, Fenwick, Timmy, Bobby, and Christopher. Each of us is well aware that she was our best friend and greatest confidante, as well as our wife, mother, and grandmother. She will continue to be our biggest fan. She is also survived by her in-laws, Jeannie McWilliams, Jim and Pat Eckhardt, as well as her nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private, graveside service was held on Monday, March 9th, at Pipe Creek Cemetery, Union Bridge, Maryland.

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