August 7, 1922 - March 8, 2017
Born in Daphne, AL
Resided in Salinas, CA
She left home during the early years of World War II to work for the Navy Department in Washington DC where she met and married a handsome young officer, Jim Cecka. Unable to find a suitable short form of Eunice, Jim called her "Mike". Jim was captured by Germans in Agincourt, France, but was freed when the war ended and they began making homes, friends and a family as they travelled through assignments in Washington, the Territory of Alaska, Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Japan, California, Georgia, Germany and Texas. She loved the travel and often set out on her own to explore. She made friends easily and kept them for life. Mike and Jim retired to Carmel Valley in 1965. Mike loved the Peninsula and the Central Coast where many friends had also retired. She remained strong and independent after Jim died in 1999. She never lost her kind smile or sparkling blue eyes even as dementia began eroding her memories in the last years.
She is survived by her children, Michael and his wife Betty, Carl and his wife Tanya, and Leigh; and by her grandchildren, Cris and Tyson. Hers was a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, or your favorite charity.
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