July 17, 2012
Violet Emily Hammer Eck, age 100, passed away at a local care facility July 8, 2012. Violet was born Feb. 7, 1912, in Spokane.
She was a graduate of Cheney Normal College, now known as Eastern Washington State College, Cheney, in elementary education and later earned her master’s degree in special education at that university. She was a devoted and caring elementary and special-education teacher during her working career of some 30 years.
Violet was one of four sisters born to Christopher Wilhelm Hammer and Carrie Ann Lewis Hammer. She and her sisters were all talented musicians and singers who appeared in many college and other social events in the Spokane area. She was also a talented debater who won several debate contests both in high school and college.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David J. Ek; and her sisters Elaine Mally, Grace Vandiver and Wilma Dick.
February 14, 2012
At least in front of a reporter, Violet Eck didn’t have much to say on the occasion of her 100th birthday.
Eck celebrated the day with family Feb. 7 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community in Issaquah. She was born in 1912 in Spokane, though she has lived in this area for a number of years.
Asked if she had anything to say to a reporter, Eck had a quick comeback that drew big laughs from family members.
“No,” Eck said, “I don’t tell those things.”
Nevertheless, her oldest, Steven Ek, told his mom’s story nicely.
While still in high school, Eck was offered a debate scholarship to Washington State University. But the Great Depression interrupted her college plans at least for a while. There simply was no money, Ek said, to pay for his mother’s living expenses had she gone to school.
By the way, you might have noticed the elder Eck and her sons spell their names differently. There are at least two stories as to why Violet Eck added an extra consonant to her last name.