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Edna Mae Geary Eickman

May 28, 1929 March 19, 2018
Edna Mae Geary Eickman
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Edna Mae Geary Eickman, 88, died peacefully on March 19, 2018 in the comfort of her home in Knoxville, surrounded by family.
Born May 28, 1929, in Missoula, MT, the only child of Daniel L. Geary and Bella Jacobsen Geary, Edna spent most of her youth on the family cattle ranch near Ovando, MT. After high school she remained in Missoula where she earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Montana. Edna graduated with honors where she was President of Mortar Board and SPURS Honor Society; a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Senior Women’s Scholastic Honorary; a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Women’s Fraternity, and was a writer for the university newspaper.
Not long after WWII she met and married Army war veteran, James W. Eickman. In the mid 60s they moved from the Pacific Northwest to the San Francisco Bay Area where James worked as a Labor Relations Negotiator and Edna served as a counselor in the Child Welfare Division of Contra Costa County Social Services. Edna was a member of the National Probation and Parole Association and the first female to visit San Quentin Penitentiary as the liaison for children in placement, incarcerated parents, and family rehabilitation. She also held a position on the Juvenile Justice Commission.
The couple adopted two children; John, in 1965 and Erika, in 1967. Edna became a stay-at-home mom, putting a hold on her career while John and Erika were in school. She was very active in the PTA and served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Lafayette School District in Lafayette, CA. In 1980, James became Executive Director for the TVA Engineering Association and the family moved to Knoxville, TN. Here Edna continued her efforts as a leader in the PTA and held the position of PTA President at Farragut High School.
In 1986, Edna returned to the workforce as Program Director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Knoxville where she matched hundreds of children to mentors for the next 10 years. In 1996, she took over as Program Coordinator, creating and heading “Grandparents as Parents”, at the CAC Office on Aging where she assisted families in need of support through grant writing and personally managing a case load. Edna won countless awards and honors for her service and aptitude, including “Advocate of the Year” by the East Tennessee Council on Children and Youth and recognition by “Tennessee Voices for Children”. She retired at the age of 85.
Edna loved to travel...from European countries including post WWII East Germany in the 40s and 50s with James, to family trips throughout the western United States and Hawaii in the 60s and 70s, to solo vacations up until 2013 visiting Machu Picchu, The Galapagos Islands, Iceland and more.
Edna lived a long, fulfilling life taking care of her family and community. She was an amazing woman, accomplishing the extraordinary.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, James, who passed in 1995. She is survived by her son, John, his wife, Stacy, and step-son, Zachary; and daughter, Erika.
Her ashes will be spread near her childhood home in Montana. The family will be accepting visitors from 6 to 7:30pm at Click Funeral Home 9020 Middlebrook Pike on Wednesday, March 21st. Flowers may also be sent there. Click Funeral Home and Cremations 9020 Middlebrook Pike is serving the Eickman family.

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6:00 PM 3/21/2018 6:00:00 PM - 7:30 PM 3/21/2018 7:30:00 PM
Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel

9020 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37923

Click Funeral Home and Cremations Middlebrook Chapel
9020 Middlebrook Pike Knoxville 37923 TN
United States

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