Lucille ‘Lucy’ M. Eckstine, 89, of Cottage Grove, Ore., passed away May 24, 2022. “Her poor little heart gave out.” Lucy was born May 25, 1932 in Oak Creek, Colorado to parents Casey and Mayme (Blandford) McElhinney. She graduated from high school and married James “Jim” J. Eckstine May 17, 1951 in Golden Colorado. She is survived by her husband of 71 years Jim; son Jerry (Lori); son Jimmy (Tami); son Paul (Denise); son David (Patti); daughter Karen (Scott), son John (Paula); daughter Jeanie (PJ), daughter Judy (Bob); son Joe (Lara) daughter Jennifer; sister Daisy Saylor; 31 grandchildren and 80 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Lucy is preceded in death by her brothers Jack and Bill, son Mark, grandson Timothy and great-granddaughter Leela Raey. 

A memorial mass will be held Saturday June 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cottage Grove. A private inurnment will be held at Fir Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.