Susan G. Komen Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Marian Laura (Smith) Eckstein, 91, of Crystal City entered into eternal rest on December 4, 2014 at Crystal Oaks Nursing Center. Born on April 16, 1923 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Harold Smith and Lydia Durehe Smith. She was married to Alexander Eckstein who preceded her in death.
Marian grew up in New York in a State home after mother died when she was three. She was an accomplished woman and placed great value on education obtaining a doctorate degree from the Texas Woman's University in 1971. She loved teaching and taught home economics in public schools in New York, California and New Jersey. She served as instructor and supervisor of student teachers at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida for several years. She also seved as assistant to the chief home economist in the department of social welfare in Albany. She was a mentor to many of the young women she taught, encouraging them to pursue a higher education and remained in touch with several of her students. She enjoyed traveling the USA and the world, dancing, music, and sewing.
Mrs. Eckstein is survived by nieces: Gay Critchlow McHale, Shauna Lange, Sandy Flint-Smith and a nephew, Harold S. Critchlow as well as several great nieces and nephews and great-great nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents, three brothers: Harold Elwood Smith Critchlow, Donald Worden Smith, Robert Smith Gleason and a nephew, Donald Lee Critchlow.
Private service at Arlington National Cemetery.