Ivy May (nee: Blackmore) Eckert passed away peacefully at Ascension All Saints Hospital on Monday, August 7, 2023, just shy of her 98th Birthday. Ivy was born in Mayshill, Westerleigh, England on September 23, 1925, to the late William and Alice Anne (nee: Attwood) Blackmore. She was the youngest of 5 children and on June 2, 1945, she married the love of her life, Irving L Eckert, a handsome American GI stationed in England & France during World War II. Ivy followed Irving to the States after the war and they began their life together in Racine raising 3 children. She took on a job after her children were older to finance yearly trips to England. She enjoyed golfing & traveling with Irving. They traveled extensively by car throughout the United States and made numerous trips across Canada which felt like home to her. She was a trouper and would even help portage the boat on the many fishing trips into the back woods. She was proud of her garden, planting more than a hundred bright red geraniums every summer for as long as she was able. Ivy loved her family above all else.
Surviving are her children: Marilyn (Thomas) Dargin and Barry (Beth) Eckert; grandchildren: Dawne (Jeff) Watts, Michael (Kimberly) Pollock, Kristin (Alan) Taylor; great-grandchildren: Sydney & Cassity Pollock; sister: Gladys Cox of England; sisters in-law: Ruth Kersell, Jill Blackmore of England; brother in-law: Eugene Eckert and numerous nieces & nephews.
In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Ivy was welcomed into heaven by her precious daughter: Judy Mailand; brother: Trevor Blackmore; sisters: Irene Poole and Doris Hennings; sister in-law: Patricia Eckert; brothers in-law: Harry Poole, Ray Hennings, Gordon Kersell and father and mother in-law: Irving C and Mary Eckert.
In accordance with Ivy’s wishes a private service will be held with internment at West Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Carlynn Crevier and staff for the compassionate care Ivy received over many years. Special thanks also to the staff & caregivers at Parkview Gardens and Miho Gil. Your kindness and support meant more than you can know. To the nursing staff at Ascension All Saints 4th & 5th floors, you are God’s angels on earth. God Bless You All!
” Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder