Wilda A. Eccles
March 1, 1925 - November 27, 2010
Long time resident of Walla Walla, Wilda A. Eccles, 85, died at
her home on November 27, 2010 after a long illness.
Born in Yorkshire, Ohio on March 1, 1925 to Joseph and Flora
Simon, Wilda was one of ten children. She was active in The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since the early 1980s. Wilda
enjoyed working with the young girls of the Merry Miss A's and B's
teaching sewing, cooking, baking and housekeeping. She worked
many years in the "Humanities" preparing hygiene and baby kits,
assembling and tying quilts, making book bags and blackboards as
well as collecting useable items for those less fortunate than herself.
These activities brought her much happiness. Her watch words were
"Do What Is Right".
She is survived by her sons, Lee R. Smith, Jr. of Milton-
Freewater, Oregon, Robert L. Smith of Pueblo, Colorado and a
daughter, Barbara A. Smith of Walla Walla; a sister, Betty Shane of
Spokane, Washington and a step brother, Jack Engle of Sunnyside,
Washington. Five grandsons, Garren and Pamela Smith of Walla
Walla, Sean C. Smith of Modesto, California, Stanley O. Petersen
of Walla Walla, Jesse and Anabel Garcia of Danville, Illinois, Mark
Garcia of Denver, Colorado and one granddaughter, Bridget and
Adam Sweeney of Pullman, Washington. Five great grandsons,
Benjamin L. Smith of Walla Walla, Daniel E. Smith of Walla Walla,
Hayden Smith of Modesto, California, Anthony Garcia of Pueblo,
Colorado and Mark Garcia, Jr. of Rocky Ford, Colorado, as well as
numerous nieces and nephews.
Wilda was preceded in death in 1991 by her husband, Harold L.
Eccles who was a long time resident of Walla Walla.
Deepest heartfelt "Thank You" to Natalie Reddish, Claudia
Nepomuceno, Elizabeth Carrillo and Samantha (Sami) Kingman for
their love and devotion to Wilda in her time of need. No words can
express how much you are all loved.
Graveside funeral services will be held at Blue Mountain
Memorial Gardens, 300 SE Myra Road at 1:00 p.m. on Monday,
December 6, 2010, followed by a memorial service at Mountain
View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to the "Humanitarian
Fund" of the LDS church through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt,
1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at