Obituary of Gladys Laurel Eckhardt |

Obituary of Gladys Laurel Eckhardt

Gladys Laurel Eckhardt went home to God on July 6, 2017. She was born May 21, 1927 in Wilmington, CA, to Evert and Stella Munning, the youngest of twelve children.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Gladys graduated from Banning High School in 1946. In 1947 she married the love of her life, Benjamin Eckhardt. They lived in Southern California before moving in 1953 to a cabin in Nevada County, which they transformed into a beautiful family home. They enjoyed camping and exploring in the outdoors.

She and Ben had three daughters, and in 1960, started their own minnow farm, Ponderosa Bait.

They were active on the Kentucky Flat Community center, and she was a leader in the Kentucky Flat 4-H club.

In the early 1970s, she got her real estate broker’s license and worked locally.

After retiring, she and Ben traveled through all 50 states and all provinces in Canada in their motorhome. They also traveled to Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.

They became avid Rock hounds and bought an opal mine in Nevada. They loved finding stones and making jewelry.

Gladys loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved her vegetable garden and the flowers she grew in her front yard. She always wanted to help family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Diana (John) Lacayo of Idaho, Cheryl (Mike) Andes of Grass Valley and Janet (Rob) Balser of Rough and Ready; grandchildren Benjamin, Lindsey, Janell, Stephanie, Kimberly, Krysta, Toby, Courtney, Sean, Neysa and Natalie, as well as 6 great grandchildren.

Gladys is preceded in death by her husband Benjamin in 2009 after 62 wonderful years of marriage.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley.

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