Deborah Lynn Eckert, a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away in her home in Livermore, California on January 07, 2019.
She is survived by her husband Philip Eckert, a Livermore native; children Shane Eckert and wife Brandi Eckert; Sharla Eckert; and Doug Eckert; grandchildren Bethany, Lorelai, Camee, Jah, Madelyn, Eli, Olivia, Landon and Sawyer; brother David Harold and wife Anita and multiple nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Don Harold, mother Lou Ann Harold, and sister Dona Bills.
Debbie was born in Dublin, California on December 26, 1953 at Camp Parks Military Base and lived most of her life in Livermore. She met her husband Phil while working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1974 where he still works today.
Debbie was known for being “everyone’s mom”. She truly loved and respected almost everyone she met. She ran a home day care business for over 20 years, where the children she took care of became family to her. Many of her daycare babies over the course of 20 years had stayed in touch with Debbie. All the way until the end children raised in her day care reached out through Facebook or text. Debbie homeschooled her 3 children, as well as her children’s friends who struggled in school. If you needed a mom, Debbie was there for you. She was very active in church and ran a private school at New Covenant Church (now Celebration Christian Center) in Springtown for several years. Debbie will be remembered as a mentor to young moms as she had a heart for teaching organization, cooking, baking, crafting and sticking to a budget.
Some of Debbie’s favorite things included the SF Giants who she loved to cheer for and attend games when possible. She loved Elvis and his music which reminded her of her dad. She had a huge respect for law enforcement, fire fighters, military and had a special place in her heart for soldiers returning to civilian life. She was known for her love of animals and rescued many pets throughout the years. She was especially fond of Rottweilers.
Debbie was a devoted follower of Christ who was passionate about serving people as Christ would. It wasn’t unusual for the family to wake up to find Debbie already immersed in her morning devotions. Her faith was very strong and has left a legacy of trust in Christ for her family, inspiring her children, grandchildren and doubtless many others to seek the Lord. Her servant’s heart led her to help raise grandchildren and serve others in any capacity that she was able. For the last 8 years she was confined to a wheelchair. Debbie never complained and always managed to keep a cheerful attitude.
A celebration of life service and dinner reception with the family will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM. Pastor Michael Phillips will be officiating. Tri-Valley Church of Christ, 4481 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550.
Debbie supported several organizations that were close to her heart. Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Thorn, and Wounded Warrior Project. Please consider donating to one of these organizations in her memory.