Thelma Eaker was born in Glen Allen, Missouri, on July 30, 1925, the daughter of Carlos Edward and Rose Klein Burns. She died at the age of 95 on September 17, 2020, at Woodland Hills in Marble Hill, Missouri.
In 1943 she graduated from Lutesville High School. The day after graduation she started work with the Missouri Extension office, followed in 1944 with a position at the War Price and Rationing Board, where she met her husband, Charles “Bud” Eaker. On August 10, 1946, she married Bud, and they made their home in Granite City, Illinois. When they returned to Lutesville, Thelma began her career with the US Postal Service. She retired in 1985.
Thelma enjoyed traveling and journeyed throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. She was a member of Marble Hill United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two sons: David (Marie) Eaker of Springdale, Utah, and Robert Eaker of Marble Hill; a granddaughter, Carmella Eaker of Utah; and a brother, Frank Burns of Jackson, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Carlos Burns, and two sisters, Betty Ingram and Rosalie Nussbaum.
A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Hutchings Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her honor to the Bollinger County Library.
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