OBITUARY

Betty M. Eager

March 19, 1923March 27, 2018
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Betty (Hill) Eager, 95, of Harlan, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at The Laurels of DeKalb. Born March 19, 1923 at home in Waterloo, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late George and Jennie (Schaffer) Hill. She graduated from Harlan High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1941. She was employed by Lincoln Life Insurance and then by Harvester. Betty married the late Lawrence “Dale” Eager on February 10, 1946 in Spencerville, Ind., and enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, gardening and baking. When college expenses for their children started, she worked at Sheller Globe, making steering wheels for 12 years. Betty and her sisters, Eunice & Jean, owned and operated Harlan Dry Goods, Harlan, Ind., for three years. Betty and Dale became members of North Scipio United Methodist Church on April 9, 1950. They both were involved in youth ministry and teaching Sunday school. Betty was the craft lady for vacation bible school for many years. Faith and family were most important throughout her life. She lived out her faith serving God and her family in every way she could. She is survived by her children; Steven (Kathie) Eager, Donna Fordham, and Brian (Barbara) Eager, all of Harlan; six grandchildren, Pam (Andy) Ewing of Lafayette, Ind., Karen Maddox of Westfield, Ind., Brad (Machelle) Fordham of Leo, Ind., Rebecca Eager of Silver Spring, Maryland, Benjamin (Meena) Eager of Greenwood, Ind., and Brent (Elizabeth) Eager of Odenton, Maryland; five great-grandchildren, Trevor Maddox, Carlee Ewing, William Eager, Harrison Eager, and Cadence Fordham; sister, Jean Perkins of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harvey, Fred, and Homer Hill; sisters, Dorothy Stone, Grace Beck, Eunice Kelley, and infant sister, Thelma Hill; son-in-law, Paul Fordham; and great-granddaughter, Claire Fordham. Funeral Service will be 11:30 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at North Scipio United Methodist Church, 23628 SR 37, Harlan, with calling from 10:00am until the start of the service. Pastor Joseph Andrews officiating. Burial at Scipio Cemetery, Harlan. Memorials may be made to the church or to The Laurels of DeKalb. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyerfuneralhome.com.

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  • Calling Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2018
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Helen Harter

April 20, 2018

Holly Sarrazine

April 2, 2018

Where to begin.....My memories are so good of this lady. A table full of crafts that would only get cleaned off if a game of ping pong was in the planning stage. Mixing up the homemade ice cream for us to crank . The most delicious pickles ever tasted in a really weird shade of green. Homemade tomato soup with rice. Flowers, flowers and more flowers. A garden to envy, and of course what we loving referred to as the fur lined step. We could not approach the door without moving a cat out of the way. She would hardly ever say no to an idea we had has children, no matter how far fetched. She would let us learn our big dreams would need to be adjusted on our own but would supply us with whatever we wanted within reason. Her only big rule was...do not go past the windmill. What was beyond the windmill? THE WOODS. As an adult I hunted that woods for mushrooms and it really was not that scary, but I had never seen Aunt Betty mad so we avoided it as kids. This took great self control because I always tended to buck authority. She saw me through childhood illnesses when my mom had to work. She was a rock to our family and I can't imagine how childhood would have been without her. I love you Aunt Betty. Give Grandma and Grandpa Eager and Uncle Dale my love.

Love, Holly

Christian/Sharon Miller

March 30, 2018

Our memories are Very fond of Betty & all the Eager family! I remember very well what an excellent Sunday school teacher she was when I was a child. And how kind she always was to both myself & my husband. Dale & Betty were true examples of what being a Christian is all about! Betty will always hold a very special place in our hearts!

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Biography

Betty (Hill) Eager, 95, of Harlan, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at The Laurels of DeKalb. Born March 19, 1923 at home in Waterloo, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late George and Jennie (Schaffer) Hill. She graduated from Harlan High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1941. She was employed by Lincoln Life Insurance and then by Harvester. Betty married the late Lawrence “Dale” Eager on February 10, 1946 in Spencerville, Ind., and enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, gardening and baking. When college expenses for their children started, she worked at Sheller Globe, making steering wheels for 12 years. Betty and her sisters, Eunice & Jean, owned and operated Harlan Dry Goods, Harlan, Ind., for three years. Betty and Dale became members of North Scipio United Methodist Church on April 9, 1950. They both were involved in youth ministry and teaching Sunday school. Betty was the craft lady for vacation bible school for many years. Faith and family were most important throughout her life. She lived out her faith serving God and her family in every way she could. She is survived by her children; Steven (Kathie) Eager, Donna Fordham, and Brian (Barbara) Eager, all of Harlan; six grandchildren, Pam (Andy) Ewing of Lafayette, Ind., Karen Maddox of Westfield, Ind., Brad (Machelle) Fordham of Leo, Ind., Rebecca Eager of Silver Spring, Maryland, Benjamin (Meena) Eager of Greenwood, Ind., and Brent (Elizabeth) Eager of Odenton, Maryland; five great-grandchildren, Trevor Maddox, Carlee Ewing, William Eager, Harrison Eager, and Cadence Fordham; sister, Jean Perkins of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harvey, Fred, and Homer Hill; sisters, Dorothy Stone, Grace Beck, Eunice Kelley, and infant sister, Thelma Hill; son-in-law, Paul Fordham; and great-granddaughter, Claire Fordham. Funeral Service will be 11:30 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at North Scipio United Methodist Church, 23628 SR 37, Harlan, with calling from 10:00am until the start of the service. Pastor Joseph Andrews officiating. Burial at Scipio Cemetery, Harlan. Memorials may be made to the church or to The Laurels of DeKalb. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyerfuneralhome.com.