Phyllis Badger Eckelman, 93, died peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018, in her room at The Glebe, a retirement community in Daleville, Va.
Daughter of Clyde Hamilton Badger and Gertrude Porter Badger, she was born June 1, 1925, in Kansas City, Kan., where she attended local schools.
She attended Mac Murray College for Women in Jacksonville, Ill., and Kansas State University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and History in 1947. She undertook graduate studies in education at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre. During her career she was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist, interior design consultant, executive director of the International Relations Council in Kansas City, Mo., and executive director of the Indiana Arts Council of Indiana.
Active in many organizations during her life, she served as an officer in the Junior League of Kansas City, Kan., president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre, member of the Wyoming Valley Oratorio Society of Wilkes-Barre, regional board member of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, vice-president of the IUP Museum Board and a 60-year member of the PEO sisterhood. She belonged to the Women’s Golf Association of Indiana Country Club, was vice-president of the Monday Musical Club, a volunteer for the Indiana Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship Committee, and a founder and member of the Indiana Arts Council, from which she received its Distinguished Service to the Arts Award in 1995. She was a member of The Ingleside and served in many leadership roles as a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Indiana.
She is survived by her son, Dr. John D. Eckelman and his wife Karen Brouhard, of Braintree, Mass.; a daughter, Carol E. Cole and her husband, Robert Cole, of Roanoke, Va.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David; and her daughter Jane Eckleman.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Indiana. Her remains will be cremated, with ashes placed with those of her husband, David Eckelman, in the Christ Church Memorial Garden.
Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 902 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701.