Lillian McKibben Obituary
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Lillian R. McKibben

July 20, 1912 - February 26, 2014
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Lillian Kleckner Eckert McKibben passed away peacefully on February 26, 2014. Lillian was born in Decatur, Michigan on July 20, 1912, one of three children born to Vivian Lamar and Irma Main Rosewarne. Over a span of 101 years, Lillian's life was a beautiful mosaic of loving wife and mother, involved servant to her community and adventurous traveler of the world. As a resident of Dunedin since 1939 and in her subsequent travels, Lillian touched the lives of many, many people, invariably with warmth, charm, humor and a soft spoken grace that belied her inner strength and adventurous spirit. Lillian earned a Bachelor of Science degree...
Lillian Kleckner Eckert McKibben passed away peacefully on February 26, 2014. Lillian was born in Decatur, Michigan on July 20, 1912, one of three children born to Vivian Lamar and Irma Main Rosewarne. Over a span of 101 years, Lillian's life was a beautiful mosaic of loving wife and mother, involved servant to her community and adventurous traveler of the world. As a resident of Dunedin since 1939 and in her subsequent travels, Lillian touched the lives of many, many people, invariably with warmth, charm, humor and a soft spoken grace that belied her inner strength and adventurous spirit. Lillian earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1932, a noteworthy achievement for a young lady at the time. Having settled in Dunedin, she was employed by Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater from 1962 until her retirement in 1978, rising to the position of Head Dietitian. Lillian was a member of numerous civic organizations in Dunedin including, the Caladesi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Zonta International and the Zonta Club of Upper Pinellas County, and Eastern Star #132. She was a life member of the Dunedin Historical Society and was a member of the Chi Omega Alumni Association. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin. Following retirement and spurred by a motorcycle tour of Cuba in 1955, Lillian set out to see the world, and did she ever! Her travels took her from the heights of Machu Picchu to the savannahs of Kenya. At intervals, she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, Turkey, the Great Wall of China and the Galapagos Islands. Lillian was pre-deceased by her three husbands – Dr. O. Frank Kleckner, an obstetrician at Mease Hospital in Dunedin; Edward H. Eckert, former Mayor of Dunedin, and Wendell R. McKibben, a professional educator. She is survived by her daughters, Myra Caldwell (Aiken, SC) and Irma Anderson (Dunedin, FL); grandchildren Ruth, Esther, Martha, Rebecca, Annette and Jeffrey, and great grandchildren Kaley, Amanda, Emily, Nathaniel, Marina, Caldwell Sebastian, Gabriel, Katie and Allison; step-daughter Susan Eckert Lewis (Jacksonville Beach, FL) and family; step-daughter Mary McKibben Anderson (Ames, IA) and family; step-son Roger Eckert (Claremont, CA) and family; step-son Ronald McKibben (Rochester, MN) and family. A Visitation will be held on Friday, March 7th at 4:00-6:00 pm at Moss Feaster Dunedin Chapel, 1320 Main Street, Dunedin. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 8th at 11:00 am. Graveside will follow at Dunedin Cemetery.

"Miss Lillian was truly an admirable lady. I considered her a dear friend and trusted mentor. She was intelligent, caring, greatly respected and loved, but..." Sarah (Cissy) Dixon Erb (Dunedin, FL)

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