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Leila "Peggy" LaRue Ecton

Leila LaRue (Peggy) Ecton died on January 3, 2018 at age 85, in Layton, Utah. She was born on March 17, 1932 in Murray, Utah to Leroy and Leila Soelberg. She married her high school sweetheart, Jesse David Ecton, on June 2, 1952.
Peggy grew up in Grantsville, Utah where she participated in singing, dancing, cheerleading, school plays, writing for the school paper, VP of the yearbook committee, played softball and basketball. She also attended BYU Academy where she continued playing sports and was a cougarette. She lived in Utah, Green River Wyoming, and Arizona. She was an advocate for battered women, worked with special needs children and served in several church callings throughout her life. She felt proud and fortunate to be a member of the LDS church. She considered her most important accomplishment the opportunity to raise her five beautiful children. She would cheer her children and grandchildren through their greatest accomplishments, and would hold their hands in their troubled or weak moments. She was a friend to everyone, wanting to love and serve and sacrifice for the comfort of others. Mom said “life is full of ups and downs. You enjoy the ups and try to get past the downs.” She suffered dementia in her later years and appreciated many wonderful caregivers at Apple Village who loved and helped her and her family through this difficult time.
She is survived by her brother Bruce Soelberg (Marie); her children David Ecton (Ann), Karen Shimizu (Danny), Craig Ecton (Becky) and Gary Ecton (Lisa); 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents Leroy and Leila Soelberg, her husband Jesse David Ecton, her son Bret Ecton, her son-in-law Danny Shimizu and her brother Leroy Soelberg Jr.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery 3115 East 7800 S, Cottonwood Heights, Ut 84121 with a viewing prior to the funeral at 10:00 am and interment to follow.

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  1. Debbie Wright says:

    Peggy was a great friend, always fun and happy. I loved spending time with her and will miss her.

  2. Tiffany Butler says:

    Grandma Peggy is how I know and will always remember her by. Her Grandaughter Rachelle is my best friend since 5th grade. Peggy treated me like a granddaughter and was one of the most sweetest woman I ever meet. She was just an amazing lady and always there for anyone who needed her. Love you Grandma Peggy and will remember you.

  3. patty sears says:

    Karen. So sorry about your loss. I been thinking about you. lets get together. Wish I could make it to the funeral but my health is not to good. love ya.

  4. Rod and Betty Rodriguez says:

    To the Ecton family, our hearts and prayers go out to you. Your mother, and grandmother was a special lady. Even though we weren’t related she treated us like we were family. Very special lady. We are really going to miss her. Love’s.

  5. Kaye Stice says:

    Aunt Peggy was one of the finest women I ever knew. She was a perfect example of loving unconditionally and always made you feel like you were important to her. She radiated happiness, was always positive, and had contagious a smile that made everyone around her feel wonderful!
    Love you forever Aunt Peggy.

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