Michelle Renee (Rollins) Eckford departed this life on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was born on April 26, 1966 in Fremont, Ohio to Constance (Price-Rollins) Johnson and LeRoy Rollins. She graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1984.
Michelle married Jerardo Commodore Eckford, Jr. on June 3, 2006. Their union was blessed for eleven years, and he survives. Employed at Alkon Corporation for the past twenty years, she made many lasting friendships while being a supervisor.
Michelle took great pride in her family and friends. She especially received great joy in loving and spoiling her grandchildren. Whether it was hanging out on the front porch with family or friends, traveling, or just being “Chelle”, she was always the “Life” of the party. Her loving smile touched and brightened every person she came in contact with. Known for not holding back punches, Michelle “Absolutely” spoke her mind! You either listened or if you didn’t, she’d continue until you “Got It”!
She leaves to mourn her loving husband, Jerardo, Sr; her children, Tiela Jones, Johnquay Liggins, and Jerardo Eckford, Jr.; step-children, Oashia Eckford and Trevion Martin all of Fremont, OH; parents Connie Johnson, of Fremont, and Leroy Rollins of Cleveland, OH;
father-in-law, Howard (Ruby) Eckford of Marks, MS and mother-in-law, Katie Smith of Batesville, MS; Siblings Claudia (Jodie) Price of Cincinnati, OH, Troy and Rachel Rollins of Fremont, OH, Jennifer Rollins of Columbus, OH, and Tangela Lindsay-Gray of Cleveland, OH; brothers-in-law, Marvin Eckford of Marks, MS, Howard (Amber) Eckford of Findlay, OH. and sister-in-law, Marietta Eckford of St. Paul MN; her loving grandchildren Tearney Hardin, Daleon Sloan, Jalayah Liggins, Johnquay Liggins, Jr., and Jasbrielle Liggins. Special friend Laurice Hicks and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by great grandparents, Henry and Idell Sewell; grandparents, Claude and Johnnie Mae Price; and brother Damon Thomas.
Visitation: Tuesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St, Fremont, OH.
Service: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 pm at Greater St. James Church of God in Christ, with one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service, 629 Sixth St, Fremont, with Dr. Pat McKinstry officiating.
Burial: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, OH
Memorials: To the family care/of Tiela Jones.
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you were so sweet and loving and always smiled rih angel
You always had the brightest smile in the room. And gave the best advice ever. Continue to look upon family as they are always going to need you! Youbtaised them right! You will be missed so much by so many. I was blessed to have known! Fly high Michelle
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mother Michelle Eckford
I am so sorry for your loss. She is with the Father now and is free.
Family..my heart is heavy, and I feel the loss..Michelle was such a awesome friend always willing to listen and roll them eyes at me..We shared a lot of talks and what we talked about stayed between us…I will forever love you Chelle…thanks for always being you…My love and prayers to Wally and the kids
I will always love you my friend and cousin
My condolences 2 the family
The first time I’m at Michelle and that was many years ago she was cracking jokes and every time I see her she was cracking jokes she kept a smile on her face she was always nice and kind to me I’m so sad to hear of her passing I will always remember her joking and her smiling to the family I’m sorry for the loss of your mother of your daughter of your sister and I’ll be praying for you for strength
My sincerest condolences to the entire family…
Jamie &JaNaja Liggins
Love and prayers to you all during this time.
Michelle was one of the most friendly people I have ever encountered. I pray for strength and understanding for the family. I know her angel wings are looking fabulous❤
Charles & Yolanda Traylor
Condolences to the family, Michelle will be truly missed.
Charles (Chuck) Crawford
I will always love you Michelle…You were a great friend and cousin to me..My condolences to the family.
Lisa.Renee (Jones) Moss
My condolences to Michelle’s family. I pray that God gives you a comfort and peace beyond all understanding.
We are gone miss you so much you always kept me in line when I was out and always told it’s gone get better
My sincerest condolences to the entire family.
I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a very real person and my heart goes out to the family. God has gained a Angel.
Feeling very sad for this great loss. I had the pleasure of working with Michelle, and she was a joy to work with, always happy and with a great attitude. Going to work was great when she was there. She will be missed.
God gained one beautiful angel. No matter when she seen me or where she would always say to me, “girl when you gonna teach me how to dance like you”. Her smile brighten any room she was in. Rest easy Ms. Michelle.
My condolences to the family. Very beautiful person inside and out. Fly high Michelle!!
Although no words can really help ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. You have my deepest sympathies. Nothing that occurs in this life has the power to separate a believer from the love of God. The love of God is so strong, even physical death cannot separate us from His divine love. Death may separate us from the earth and from people we love, but it is impossible for death to separate us from the love of God, for God’s love doesn’t stop with the cessation of life.
I love you all,
I was so happy to help you get your home..we always had a good connection. Way back from jonquay being at the daycare at the ymca. You will be missed by many. You always had a big heart. Prayers to the family in this time of healing.
Tim and Vanessa Warren
Condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.
With Love and kindness I bring my condolences to the family her beautiful joyful smile will be missed blessing and healing cometh. Evangelist Alice Starks, Macon Georgia
You have our heartfelt condolences Wally and family. God received an Angel this week.
My prayers go out to the entire family…So sorry for your loss…
Heather (Martin) Stanley
Hits my heart soo hard. My last words I spoke to her was telling her how proud I am of her for overcoming her demon. She grinned from ear to ear and thanked me for acknowledging how far she has came. She said “it wasn’t easy, but I made it.” Felt so good to tell her that I’m proud of her after seeing what the demon of addiction can do to someone. Thank you Michelle for giving hope to others that you too can end up on top. Thank you also Michelle for being an example, an inspiration, and a light of hope. You’re smile will forever be impressed on my heart. Love you girly. Rest high, right beside the man who called you home.
The Fremont Ross Football Feed The Team Moms
They say everything happens for a reason, we just never know why. We pray that the Lord wraps his arms around you all so you feel comfort & peace at this trying time. Tanka is loved by many and we reassure you that the football boys, coaches and football moms will be there for him. Michelle was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed.
Let God put his arms around the family and hold them with his strength to be strong through these times God bless to the family have my prayers family
My condolences to Michelle ‘s family on your loss. We bless you and honor your life on Earth and pray for your peace ever- after.
Go well into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Greater St James Church
Please know how very saddened we are at the loss of your beloved Michelle. Greater St James Church sends our deepest condolences to the family.
We can’t imagine how painful it is for everyone, but please know that we will always be there in prayer and with any other support needed. Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. May God provide you the strength you need to cope with this difficult situation.
May Michelle rest in peace,
Greater St. James Church
Todd W. Chance – Pastor
Ashley mckeever barnum
We send are condolences to Gma Connie, Wally and the children. The world is less bright without Auntie Chelle in it.
Her hugs, her smiles, her laughter were all infectious.
She was wise too and i akways listened to her.
I should have called or contacted her more in the last three years.
Rest in peace sweet lady.
My dear friend I’m going to miss you so much my heart is so heavy right now. Not only was you one of my best friends but also a second mother to me and the god mother to my children. We had so many future plans together ❤ My heart hurts so bad for your children that I know you loved with all of your heart and soul. Life will never be the same without you Michelle I’m blessed to have shared so many years with you right by myside.
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed cousin. My most heartfelt condolences.
May God put her in a special place where she will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished her!
Rodney D. Johnson
I am here. I can never die. Just as I accept sleep, I accept death. The peace and freedom are what I seek when I rest, not waking up.
Ordinarily, I look at death with deep sadness and dread. However, those that have gone before me let me know of its wondrous freedom and peace.
Just as the wave goes out to sea and returns as a wave, so does my going out to death return as eternal life. I am a wave…please fortify my heart and belief as I watch waves depart and give me patience, understanding, and peace until my wave departs.
Thank you for all of the great happy feelings. Rest in peace and freedom.
~In Loving Memory of Michelle Rollins – Eckford
Condolences to my family I meet Chelle while she was her in Mississippi for our Aunt homegoing and it was a pleasure to meet a woman with a soul as pure as hers. She made me laugh and smile. My family and I would like to thank God for giving us the gift of meeting her. Even though we are unable to travel to her homegoing celebration we will keep the family in our prayers. To her husband, children, and grandchildren she’s an angel watching down on you remember her as she was pure greatness. Love y’all
With great love and respect Michelle will be greatly missed but never forgotten my heart has been touched by her and I know she will watch over us all
Kim, McKenna and David Heidelburg
My heart is so heavy , Michelle your pretty smile will surely be missed… my thoughts and prayers are with your family may God give you the strength to survive this hard time in life… Tiela,John quay, Tanka And Walley just know she will ALWAYS be with you
Melanie Guzman Martinez
You had a lesson for most in life, a word of wisdom to many who would listen. An opinion that matched the occasion. Always willing to speak, regardless of the time that lapsed between one visit, one meeting in a store, or passing on the street. ” Hi, how you doing?”
I am not able to stop shaking my head in disbelief; Wondering what is the lesson, what is the word word of wisdom and who is supposed to listen?
I am listening Michelle! ” Be ready, be real.” How is the only question that keeps running through my mind; how will they go on in the next days weeks and years; How……. I hear no answer to that; no opinion other that…….YOU MUST.
God wrap your arms around these children, this husband, these grand babies, these siblings, these parents, these best friends. How do we go on? “YOU MUST” I HEAR YOU CHELLE!
Michelle was a sweetheart who trained me at Alkon while I was living in Fremont. Im shocked to hear of her passing because she was always the life of the shift smiling at everyone. Rest in Heaven