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Karen Mae Eckley

Posted 2021-07-23 by mhenderson
Published by The Arizona Republic from Jul. 19 to Jul. 24, 2021 -
Phoenix, Arizona -

KAREN MAE ECKLEY, born April 9, 1950, went peacefully to her Lord on
June 24, 2021. She left two adored adult daughters, Tori Dunphy,
residing in Maine, and Jill Dahlen, residing in Seattle. Her son, Greg
Eckley, sadly passed some years ago in his late teens, a blow to her
that her heart carried ever after until she was blessed now to be with
him again. Also leaving behind her beloved grandchildren who cherished
"Nona" as their hero, closest pal and icon. Leaving also James Eckley
of Paradise Valley, Arizona, her former husband of many years and
always her life-long friend. Her parents, sister and brother are long

Karen was a bright, good-humored, sweet, industrious, gentle and very
generous spirit who was a joy to know and be around. The bumps of Life
and the Fates did not give her any "freebies," and even dealt a lot of
potholes for her to traverse, but she persevered through the
hardships, always, and usually with a joke or two about it to ease the
way for others. Then, after each set-back, she just dusted herself
off, continued to look caringly after her loved ones and moved on to
the sunnier days she always believed were ahead. And because of her
input, they always were.

Karen worked many years as a trusted paralegal and accountant. In and
out of those worlds, she made many friends and always had time to help
or visit with them. She loved hours of happy talk. She was fascinated
by simple things like the odd curios she would joyfully pick up in
garage sales—some of which are so unusual that to this day no one
knows quite what they are. She was impeccably honest, just and kind,
she put everyone's interests ahead of her own, she was frugal for
herself, but she gave generously from what she saved to all others in
need. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She was glad
for the life she was given and no one who ever met her had any but
kind words to say of her.

She is mourned by all those she had to leave behind who knew her,
loved her, respected her, laughed at her jokes and, yes, even
appreciated those mysterious garage-sale "whatchamacallits" she
proudly displayed on every shelf of her Phoenix home.

Karen was an inspiration in how to properly live a Christian life in
heart, soul and deed. She will be deeply and forever missed by all
those who knew her.

A private Memorial was held by the family. Her Guestbook for
condolences may be found at and the family
will shortly put up a Memorial website under her name where
Remembrances may be left.

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