Alberta (Allie) Lea OBrion Eckhardt LeGrand was born August 11, 1946 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to parents Albert LeRoy OBrion and Shirley Lea Carothers. She married Robert Alvin Eckhardt on 23 June 1965 in Cheyenne. Two children were born to this union: April Dawn Eckhardt Mia, from Galg, California and
Dale Lee Eckhardt, from Stockton, California. She passed away July 13, 2022 after a complex surgery.
Allie loved children and they loved her. She was known as kind and gentle and loved by all who knew her. Anthropology was her choice of study and she was just shy of getting her master’s degree. While resident in Denver, she drove a school bus. She worked for Mountain West Phone Company (later
known as Century Link) for many years and enjoyed a small retirement from there. She loved painting. Hanging on her wall is a beautiful free hand piece of a waterfall in the mountains.
Allie was a very giving person and would give you anything she had even if she really needed it. She was known to give her help freely to others. One particular time is remembered fondly when she stayed with an elderly woman, Bula, so that Bula’s son and daughter-in-law could have a little relief time. She would stay sometimes a week at a time. When she was able to work and had more income, she loved buying presents, especially at Christmas time.
After 25+ years of living adjacent to friends (who claimed her as family), Allie ended up in assisted living. The move was spurred from a fall that cracked her left ribs and broke her left wrist. That was approximately 4 years ago. She enjoyed living at Sierra Hills and was doing well. In the last two months
she tripped and fell while in the residence which resulted in a broken wrist (again the left), a broken shoulder bone (right) and bilateral rib fractures. Her face was very bruised from the fall. Before she recovered from these injuries, she encountered a sigmoid volvulus, which put her in extreme medical
danger due to her already warn out and fragile state. She survived the surgery, but succumbed in the early morning hours after.
Allie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. She loved doing family search and was always excited when she found a new piece of information.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Carothers OBrion at the tender age of 4; her father, Albert LeRoy OBrion; a step mother, Dena Mae Flattum (OBrion); two favorite aunts, Cora and Sharron; a step sister, Joyce Horton and a step brother Jack Horton.
She is survived by her step brother Gordon Horton; brother, Gary LeRoy OBrion; her daughter, April Dawn Eckhardt Mia; her son Dale Lee Eckhardt; and her granddaughters, Emily Mia and Brittany Mia; and cousins, Delores Luegering and David OBrion.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 18, 2022 followed by a graveside service at 10:00 a.m. in the Interment Chapel at Mountain View Memorial Park, 10701 Yellowstone Road.
She will be missed by all who knew and loved her!