Barbara 'Bobbi' Ann (Ecker) Blatchford, 85, of Watervliet, Michigan, formerly of the Waverly and Chicago areas, passed away at her home on February 3, 2017.
Bobbi was born August 24, 1931 to William and Eleanor Brunstein. She was united in marriage to Theodore "Ted" Ecker on December 28, 1947, they later divorced. On July 28, 1978 she was united in marriage to Josiah "Joe" Blatchford. Joe passed away on November 11, 2015.
Bobbi devoted her life to the floral industry, first with 30 years as a 2nd generation member of the family business, Ecker's Flowers. She was director of franchisee training for Flowerama of America, a floral design commentator and motivational speaker throughout the United States, and a floral consultant to the City of Chicago, Macy's, and FernTrust, Inc., Seville, FL. She was highly regarded in the industry having been awarded the American Institute of Floral Designers Fellows Designation, the AIFD Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry, the Professional Commentators "Tommy Bright" Award of Excellence, Hall of Fame status in the North Central AIFD Regional Chapter, and the Michigan and Nebraska Floral Associations. In 2012, the AIFD North Central Chapter created the "Bobbi Cup" design competition in her honor held annually at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.
In her 50+ years in the floral industry she was a mentor to many. In addition, she established innovative and cutting edge floral techniques and concepts that are still in use today. She had a passion for marketing and studying trends, and was a lifelong learner and voracious reader.
Bobbi is survived by her children, Cyndi (Lyman) Campbell and Bruce (Kim Folkers) Ecker, Waverly, Iowa. Uncles Art Kurtt and John Kurtt (Laurel) many nieces and nephews and her many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Lynn Ecker Barrett, aunts Frieda Kurtt, Dorothea Gleason, Marie Meyne, and uncles Erwin Kurtt and Harold Kurtt. She had a gift for deep relationships with people, and was well known for her lively phone calls and prolific correspondence.
A celebration of life gathering will be 4:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 18 at the Waverly Area Veterans Post. Prayer Service & Time of Remembrance starting at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Joyce Sandberg of St. Paul's Lutheran Church presiding. Memorials may be directed to the family or the charity of their choice. Online condolences for Bobbi's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with local arrangements. 319-352-1187.
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