WATERLOO — Margaret L. “Martie” Ralston Eck, 88, formerly of Waterloo, died Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Humboldt Community Hospital in Humboldt of cancer.
She was born Feb. 6, 1929, in Renwick, daughter of Edgar A. and Verna H. Bittinger Ralston. She married Donald D. Eck of Jesup on Aug. 24, 1947. He preceded her in death in 1993.
Martie graduated from West High School in Waterloo in 1946. She continued her education at teacher’s college in Cedar Falls.
She was a member and past president of Republican Women in Iowa and belonged to the Women’s Club in Moville. While living in Shell Rock, she was a Boy Scout den mother and a Girls Scout leader and also helped to organize the Shell Rock Swing Show. She was active in the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt as well as Velda Rose Methodist Church in Mesa, Ariz.
Survived by: two sons, David W. (Paula) of Cedar Falls and Andrew D. (Kathy) of Dakota City; two daughters, Deborah L. Adam of Slinger, Wis., and Nancy Jo Anne Cameron (Bill) of Oklahoma City; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; many nieces and nephews; and her pen pal of 74 years, Margaret Davidson of Perth, Scotland.
Preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Milo F. Ralston; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Ralston; a sister, Dorothy Mae Ralston; three brothers-in-law, Keith, Ken and Wendell Eck; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Borrett and Bobbie Cochran; and a special friend, “Uncle Joe” Shirk.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Faith United Methodist Church, Humboldt, with burial in Indian Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the church and will continue one hour before services Saturday. Ubben-Lentz Funeral Home of Humboldt is assisting the family.
Memorials: may be directed to Unity Point Hospice of Fort Dodge or her family.
Martie and Don traveled all over the world. One of Martie’s proudest accomplishments was campaigning to get a hospital built in Humboldt. She also was a strong advocate for Job Corp of Iowa and when acting Gov. Ray called her to ask for her guidance and opinion.