The Billings Outpost

Elaine Fisher Eckley

Elaine Fisher Eckley, 90, of Billings, who had raised four children and worked for MetLife, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

She was born in Rice Lake, Minn., on Aug. 23, 1922, to Frank and Edith Fisher. When she was 15, she moved to California with her mother, brother and sister. As a teenager she worked many jobs to help support the family.

She married Kermit “Koke” Eckley of Montana, whom she met at a USO dance in Sacramento during World War II. They settled in Sidney, and she was busy sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, quilt making and cooking.

In 1963, after the sudden death of her husband, she moved her family to Billings and went to work for MetLife. She spent her final years at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries.

Survivors include three daughters, Kay Olness, Jami Livengood and Susan Root; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a brother, Bob Fisher; and a sister, Betty Kline.

Private family services will be held. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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