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Bonni Jo Tackett Eckstein

July 11, 1958August 16, 2017
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Bonni Jo Tackett Eckstein 59, of Hooks, Texas passed away Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017 in a local hospice after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was proceeded in death by her husband Mark Eckstein and parents Winfred Paul Tackett and Hargret Veda Tackett.

Bonni was employed at Opportunities Inc., as an Adult Services Supervisor. She was deeply dedicated to her work and was highly respected and loved by her clients and co-workers. She will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include brothers and sisters in-laws Neal and Neya Tackett of Hooks, Texas, and Keith and Deborah Tackett of Fred, Texas. Nieces and Nephews Shawn and Leah Coleman of Hooks, Texas, James and Lawanda Tackett of Silsbee, Texas, Richard and Brenda Tackett of Vidor, Texas, and many other great nieces and nephews.

Bonni is also survived by her late husbands siblings Kathy Lewis, John, Dick, Mike, and Paul Eckstein, as well as many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 24, 2017 at East Memorial Chapel - Moores Lane with Rev. Cranford Graves officiating under the direction of the East Funeral Home - Moores Lane. Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, prior to the service.

Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhome.com.

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Anna Sutton

August 25, 2017

I'm Anna Sutton, Bonni's niece. My great Aunt Rita couldn't make it to Bonni's funeral, but she wrote a few words for Bonni, just as she did for my Uncle Mark and several other family members.

I have always lived "in the south", southern Illinois to be exact. When I married John I was introduced to "the other south", Texarkana, Texas. When you came to visit, within 2-3 days you sounded like them. You became an Eckstein!

I loved Jo & Hank like they were my sister & brother. And I loved their kids, even though they pulled tricks on you! They babysat my boys, they played GI Joe with them, then pool & ping pong & it progressed to cards, men golf & beer! When they started to bring home dates & then married them they became loved too.

Today it is about Bonni. How could you not like Bonni? You immediately fell in love with her, just like Mark did. Up north in Chicago where we moved, people are in a hurry & talk a mile a minute. In Texas you speak slow & soft. The minute I met Bonni I was her biggest fan. In that slow southern deep voice , "hi glad to meet ya!" How ya'll doing? Mark had found the perfect wife. She was at home going out huntin', fishin' or anything you could shoot or catch, & then cookin' it. And she could cook. From wildlife food to her hush puppies & in between I was sold! She was a version of the pioneer woman. She looked better in camo than anyone I know. She is more comfortable in a tent or sleeping bag than most women. And how excited is she up in a duck blind?

Yep, she and Mark were a match made in Heaven. And that's where they are now, together in Heaven, & it wouldn't surprise me if the first thing they did was go hunting!

Most women would want a fancy wedding & reception but she was honored to have it at #9 Palm Drive with her family there. And then was not bothered by Uncle John looking for a light & turned on the garbage disposal during their vows. She laughed so hard about it.

I always admired her work at the center. She spoke about helping people find jobs & was so happy, almost to tears when they got one. She loved helping people. And her fur baby Lucy was so lucky to have Bonni as a mommy. She loved her to the end, & even shared her with Mark.

When Mark died I was telling Bonni that after my son Derek died, I would see cardinals, & I knew that he was by me. At that moment we saw one, 2 minutes later we saw a hawk & I said, there's Mark. He's here. It would not surprise me if one was seen today.

We Damhorst's have FOMO, fear of missing out! But now we are here saying goodbye to a sweet & kind woman who just loved being who she was & whom she shared life with. I hope the Eckstein's & Damhorst's greeted her at heavens door with " Hi, Darlin'! What took you so long?

Good bye Bonni, you were loved so much here on earth!

Diane Bland

August 25, 2017

Tell Bonni, to tell my Dad hello, and that they are in a better place, not this sin sick world.

Mark Musgrove

August 24, 2017

I miss you Ms. Bonni, I will see you up in Heaven one of these days.

Brian McGinty

August 24, 2017

I have known Ms. Bonni for 6 years and she help me learn skills in the Saw Shop. I miss so much it hurts.

Latisha Bursey

August 24, 2017

I hope you are in a better place, you will forever remain in our hearts. May God bless and Comfort your family.

Marjorie Norton

August 24, 2017

Bonni was at the meeting with me all the time with my family telling them how good I was doing on my different jobs. We prayed for her and feel sorry that she is gone.

Raynetta Connor

August 24, 2017

Bonni, I will dearly miss you very much, you was the sweetest person I ever knew. When I was down and out you help me get back on my feet. I will always miss you, I will always have a special place in my heart.

Karman Williams

August 24, 2017

Ms. Bonni always stuck up for people, and she always encouraged us. Whenever someone was down Ms. Bonni helped them to get back up, that was the kind of person she was and I will miss her.

Rebecca Rogers

August 24, 2017

Ms. Bonni taught me a lot, I love Ms. Bonni and will miss her, I know where she is. She helped me alot.

Bruce Marshall

August 24, 2017

It's terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. We loved Ms. Bonni and Lucy too.

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