In Loving Memory of Janice Ann Eckman

Janice Ann Eckman, 70, from Hardin, Montana passed away May 9, 2017.
Janice was born in Hardin, Montana to Edmund and Ruth Muhlbeier on May 28, 1946 and was the eldest of 9 children. She attended schools in Crow Agency, Wyola, and graduated from Hardin High School. Six days after graduation, she married Albert Raymond Eckman and the two were married for 52 years. Janice and Albert had four children, Jacob, Jana, Elizabeth (Beth) and Lonnie.
Since Janice loved flowers so much, she spent 39 years providing flowers and plants to the local area through the Eckman’s Greenhouse. Her favorite flowers were roses and Lilly of the Valley. Many of the local children came on fieldtrips to the Eckman Greenhouse and visited the chickens, rabbits and goats that were raised on the Eckman farm. Many of the children knew her as the Ladybug Lady.
Being a lifelong member of the Christ E&R Church she served in the capacity of Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Confirmation teacher, on the Search Committee, and the Women’s Guild. Janice spent many years in support of 4-H as a parent, leader, judge, and sponsor. Many years were spent on the Hardin Hospital Auxiliary and she provided the flowers at the Hardin Fairview Cemetery every year. Many of the roses planted at the Big Horn County Historical Museum are from Janice’s caring heart.
Cultural exchange students were always welcomed into Janice’s home. Over the years, at least five students from foreign countries were welcomed and students from choir competitions, 4-H, and church groups also found a home away from home.
Community involvement with United Blood Services was another of Janice’s passions. Many lives were saved with the blood drives she coordinated and the many gallons she personally donated. Janice worked many years for the Hardin School District with her last position being a family involvement coordinator. Many families learned how to spend quality time together after attending family math, reading, and game nights she coordinated.
In her spare time, Janice found time for her other hobbies which included puzzles, games, baking, reading, gardening, canning the fruits of her labor, and traveling.
Janice is survived by her husband Albert, her four children, Jacob, Jana (Loren) Knoll, Beth (Dennis) White, and Lonnie (Vanessa), seven grand-children, Ashley, Hannah, Derek, Phoebe, Thor, Krew, and Rayann, two great-grand children, Kiegan and Keelan. Seven siblings Judi (Jon) Deim, Jean Muhlbeier, Joyce (Roger) Goodman, Jack Muhlbeier, Jay (Eileen) Muhlbeier, Joan (Tom) Braaton, Jodi (Scott) Brokaw. She is preceded in death by both of her parents and a baby brother (Jerry).
Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday May 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ E&R Church in Hardin. Private disposition will be held at a later date. Any memorials can be given to the Big Horn County Historical Museum or charity of your choice. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.

12 thoughts on “In Loving Memory of Janice Ann Eckman

  • May 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I will miss you mom. Thank you for teaching me how to be an inspiration to others, to care for others and always look to the Lord for guidance.

  • May 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    RIP my dear friend, Janice… You are in the very place that you have been striving for all of your life! I can only imagine! Heartfelt condolences to the family… she sure did love each and every one of you! That is what she did best and that is love others.

  • May 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    What a giving and lovely lady Janice was. beautiful picture. I remember her kindness and touching the plants that recoiled at her green house. So sorry you have lost this gem.

  • May 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Spring will never be the same without a trip to Eckman’s greenhouse to pick out a few bedding plants and to visit the ladybug lady. Janice was a soul worthy of her home in heaven.

  • May 10, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Janice aka my second Mom, your home was always open, warm and loving just as your heart was! You have left your family with a loving, lasting legacy! To the family (my extended family) I have and will always hold so many loving memories of your mom/wife/sister. RIP Janice!

  • May 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I mourn the loss of my dear friend, Janice Eckman. The two of us worked together for four years, both in the classroom and coaching the forensics team. In two weeks, I will complete my 26th year as an educator. In all that time, I have never had a better teaching relationship than I had with Janice. She was so effective at intuitively understanding our objectives as well as the needs of the students, all the while keeping me and our classroom organized. How I have missed her since! What an amazing human being she was, and how blessed I am for our four years as co-teachers. Love to all of her family, especially Beth who was my student so long ago. I wish I could be there with you on Saturday.

  • May 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    May your family and friends forever remember your gentle ways. The ladybug lady will always be in my heart. May her flowers bloom forever.

  • May 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    We have so many fond memories of Janice at church and in the community. Tim and I were just talking about her on Saturday. She will truly be missed. He has prepared a mansion and will come back to take us to live there. He has taken her to his mansion. Prayers to all of you.

  • May 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Janice was such a strong hearted teacher who always wanted everyone to try, and she knew it could be done no matter what, I looked forward to seeing her every school year I’m thankful my children also found delight in her. She helped me grow my first Lima Bean! Lol. You will always have a place in my family’s memory and heart, thank you for being a cute lil lady! As my daughter called her.

  • May 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

    My prayers are with you and your family at this time ,i am so glad i stoped and visited you folks a few weeks ago .
    had not seen them in many many years .

  • May 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Rest in peace my dear lady you were a fantastic leader and a fantastic mother god bless.

  • May 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Janice was such a lovely person. She always had such wonderful advise on what to plant in my flower garden each year. My prayers are with all of the family. May God surround you with peace and love.

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