Mary Lou Stroder Eakins, age 86, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Jackson.
She was born August 7, 1929 in Burfordville, Missouri, daughter of Otis and Aza Helderman Reynolds. She and Richard “Bud” Stroder were married May 26, 1949; he passed away February 6, 1997. She and L.T. Eakins were married October 16, 1998.
Mary attended Cape County Cowboy Church. She worked at the International Shoe Factory in Cape Girardeau, the Jackson Egg Plant, and the International Shoe Company in Jackson. She was a member of the VFW Post 3838 ladies’ auxiliary in Cape Girardeau, and was a garage sale diva.
Loving survivors include her husband of 17 years, L.T.; a son, Steve (Allegra) Stroder of Jackson; a daughter, Patty (Jim) Turner of Jackson; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Joel) Wealer of Owings, Maryland and Emily Reisenbichler M.D. of Nashville, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Jackie, Josie, and Jamison Wealer; a step-daughter, Mary Ruth (Tom) Pepper of Fenton, Missouri; two step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gary (Mildred) Reynolds of Whitewater, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Estes officiating.
Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.
The family suggests that contributions be made to Saint Francis Hospice or the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.
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