Josephine Eckard-Gregory

November 02, 1934 ‒ January 16, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Josephine Eckard-Gregory, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Marion General Hospital.

She was born November 2, 1934 in Marion, the daughter of Charles Washington and Mabel Mae (Seitter) Gholson. She attended school in Marion and graduated from Harding High School.

Josephine was a grand lover of life and family was her greatest treasure. She enjoyed playing euchre, but the socializing was the best part. For years Josephine went door to door selling Avon and connecting personally with her customers. Many felt that they were Josephine’s favorite, and they felt that way because she had an amazing way of making you feel like you were the most special to her.

She is survived by her children: Kevin (Judy) Eckard, Penny (Dan) Dewitt, Stacey Eckard, Kristi (Michael) Doughty; daughters-in-law: Karen Eckard and Connie Eckard; step-children: Robert Lee (Victoria) Gregory, III, Sherry (Robert) Morgan, John (Tonya) Gregory and Cindi Gregory; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren whom she loved dearly; her twin brother Joseph (Carolyn) Gholson and her sister Shirley (the late Carl) Whitted.

Josephine is preceded in death by her husbands: Charles Edward Eckard and Robert Lee Gregory; her children: Steve Eckard and Scott Eckard; son-in-law Charles Rudd; grandsons: Chuckie and Charlie Rudd; and 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be Monday, January 20, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 11AM to 1PM; funeral service will follow at 1PM with Pastor Kathy Herr officiating; burial will be in Agosta Cemetery, New Bloomington.

If so desired, donations may be made to American Heart Association.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving Josephine’s family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • So sorry for your loss. What a special soul. We truly appreciated her hard work and fun and loving nature.
    Susan Meuser, Molly Rondeau and Joann Roszman

  • So sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. She was a sweet lady that always made me smile when I got to talk to her. Sympathy and prayers sent for the family. The Fout Family

  • So Sorry. She was a amazing lady. always made me laugh. Could never just say hi and go. always had to visit. Can’t make the service have to work but please know your all in my prayers.

  • My heart goes out to Kristi and Mike during this time of losing your mother. She was a very nice lady and my grandpa Mike was very fond of her. I have heard stories of when they were young. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Susan O’Connor and family ❤️

  • So sorry for your loss. Aunt Jo was a spunky lady. . I loved that about her. I will always remember her fondly. All my love…

  • Thoughts and prayers to all the family. I thought a lot of Jo, she was the first babysitter we had here. She was always a hard worker and always had a great attitude and a smile on her face. She will be missed!

  • Penny, Dan, Connie and families,
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Judy Logan