Dorothy Lee Eckard of Hot Springs, went peacefully into the arms of Her Lord and Savior on Friday, September 29, 2017.
She was born on January 4, 1931 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Omer and Ragnhild Lee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her two husbands; and two of her children.
Her brothers, Dennis Lee, Kenny Lee and Eddie Lee and her sister, Marion Duke, maintained contact throughout the years, sharing their lives and stories. Her first husband, Henry Dean Owens, served in the Air Force for twenty years and they traveled the world together; raising four children in the process and finally settling down in Hot Springs. Her second husband, Frank “Vernon” Eckard was an Army veteran who brightened her life for the brief period of time they were together. Dorothy was also preceded by a son and daughter; both serving their country as proud members of the Air Force. Jerry Dean Owens of Hot Springs and Judy Meshako of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
She is survived by her son, Ricky Lee Owens of Nolensville, Tennessee and her daughter, Darlene L. Farmer of Hot Springs.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Trevor Owens and Dana Owens, both of San Francisco, California, Aubrie Hobby and Callie Farmer, both of Hot Springs, Jerry Owens, Jr. of New York, New York, Jeffery Owens of San Francisco, California, Katina Kouis of Haleiwa, Hawaii, Rachel Rhodes of Falls Church, Virginia and Air Force Staff Sergeant Eric Meshako, who is currently stations in South Korea.
Dorothy was a fun-loving person who enjoyed talking to people and making friends. Quick to laugh and generous with her time and love, she will be remembered and missed by many. Dorothy’s life was centered around her family and her children were raised in the church. Her belief strengthened and sustained her. She nurtured her walk with God and exchanged her second marriage vows with Vernon Eckard at Piney Baptist Church. She leaves many friends and loved ones behind and would like to acknowledge a few: Helen Gibbs, a dear friend of 50 years; Helen Gordon, a confidante and friend for many years; her neighbors who helped her over the years; the staff of Brookfield Assisted Living who cared for her; her extended family who loved her and shared her joy, her accomplishments and her sorrows in this tumultuous journey we call life.
Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs with Rev. Larry Catcher officiating.
Interment will be in Morning Star Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until service time on Saturday.
Pallbearers will be Rick Owens, Ron Farmer, Cody Hobby, Jarren Porterfield, Jimmy Schul and Trevor Owens.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. William Cole, the staff of Arkansas Hospice and the staff of Brookfield Assisted Living.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.