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Anna Jean 'Ann' (Bekki) Eaton
Feb 15, 2012 - Staff
Former Riverton resident Anna Jean "Ann" (Bekki) Eaton, 62, died in Wheatland.
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 13, at the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home in Wheatland.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Church of the Incarnation in Salina, Kan. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, Kan., where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
She was born March 17, 1949, in Fremont, Neb., to Howard L. Pieters and Constance M. (Lee) Pieters-Houfek. She was the eldest of four children and was very young when they moved to Riverton, where she made her home well into adulthood.
She gave birth to a son, Christopher M. Eaton, in March 1973. After that, she worked various jobs as a dietary aide at both the hospital and the training school in Lander. It was there that she met Richard G. Eaton. They married in February 1981. Together, they raised Christopher.
They lived in Riverton until 1991, when Mr. Eaton got a calling to work in a church in Wright. They lived there until 1997 when, because of medical issues, they had to leave Wyoming. They moved to Salina, Kan., where they were active with their church. In 2011, Mrs. Eaton returned to Wyoming to be closer to her family. She resided in the Mountain Towers nursing home in Cheyenne and then moved to the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home in Wheatland. She remained there until her death.
Her family said Mrs. Eaton loved crafts, including various sewing and cross-stitching projects, working on word puzzles, playing bingo and visiting with friends and family.
Mrs. Eaton is survived by her son, Christopher and wife Becky of Wheatland; stepdaughters Christina Wright and husband Michael of Williamsport, Pa., and Anne Marie Bowen and husband William of Stillwater, Okla.; grandson Jesse Eaton of Sandy, Utah; granddaughters Miranda Eaton and Gracelynn Bowen of Stillwater, Okla., and Abbiey Wright and Jackie Wright of Williamsport, Pa.; sister Christine Frude and husband Allen of Casper and Florida; brothers Larry Pieters and wife Sarah of Denver and Jim Pieters and wife Joyce of Flagler, Colo.; stepbrother Jerry Houfek of Madison, Wis.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; father, Howard Pieters; mother Constance Pieters-Houfek; stepfather, Robert Houfek; niece Tera Heermann; and her husband, Richard Eaton.
Memorials may be made to Salina Meals on Wheels.
Arrangements are through Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St., Salina, KS 67401.