Jean (McKay) Eckhardt

Bedford – Jean (McKay) Eckhardt, 92, of Bedford, NH, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, after living a long, illustrious life.

She was the daughter of the late John Wiley and Mabel Frances (Kelley) McKay. Jean was raised and educated in West Hartford, CT. She attended and graduated from The Loomis Chaffee School, and graduated Hartford College for Women.

She was one of the First Flight Attendants Hired by Pan American World Airways for overseas flights. This is where she met her beloved husband, Edward Walter Eckhardt, Flight Radio Officer. They spent most of their married life in Wilton, New Hampshire. Edward died June 4, 2004, in the 58th year of their marriage, at which time they were living in Hancock, NH 

Jean traveled extensively all around the world and her passions included bird watching, gardening, hiking, reading, playing golf and spending time with her family. She will be remembered for being a loving mom, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother; she always looked at the positive side; she saw the good in all people and was very generous – helping others whenever she could. She will be missed be many.

Jean leaves behind her children, William (wife Lisa) Eckhardt from Merrimack, NH and Deborah (husband Gregory) Kalicin from Lisbon, NY, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by a daughter, Gretchen  Eckhart, and a sister Ruth Upham Daly.

All services are private.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in Jean’s loving memory to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001

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