Drucilla Ann Echols (née Duncan), 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 13, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas.
A Celebration of Life for Ann will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the University Church of Christ in Canyon, Texas with Bob Shepard, Brent Adams, and John Echols officiating. Cremation is under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Ann was born February 18, 1944 in De Queen, Arkansas to Calvin and Bennie (née Bordofski) Duncan. The family moved from Arkansas to Skellytown, TX where Ann grew up in Cabot camp. She graduated from White Deer High School as the Valedictorian of her class.
She attended West Texas State University (WTAMU) where she graduated in three years. During her time at WT, she worked for the Canyon News, where among other news items, she wrote obituaries. She was active in the Church of Christ Bible Chair at WT, where she met her husband, Richard Echols. They were married 38 years before divorcing in 2004.
She began her teaching career in White Deer, TX in the late 60’s where she taught English. The seniors her first year of teaching were in the 8th grade during her senior year of high school. Richard volunteered for the Navy a few years later and he and Ann went to Maryland and Puerto Rico for his duty stations. She taught school in both locations. Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico was where her only son, John Richard Echols, III was born in 1971. The family returned to the Texas Panhandle in December of 1971. Ann resumed her teaching career at Bushland ISD a few years later where she taught English and Spanish. In the late 80’s she began teaching at Canyon ISD where she taught English and Spanish until she retired in 2004. During five of these years in Canyon she also taught at Boys Ranch during the summer. After retiring from Canyon ISD, she moved to Stinnett, TX and taught English and Spanish at both West Texas High School and West Texas Junior High until complications from surgery brought her teaching career to a close in 2014. She impacted the lives of many students over her almost 45 year teaching career. Her passion in life was teaching kids, and she loved spending time with her Chow dogs over the years; Chalupa, Ginger, Cinnamon, Blue Bell, and Sassy. Ann was a prolific collector of all things elephant, except live ones. She had many friends throughout the school districts she taught in, as well as close friendships with many at the churches she attended, including Bell Avenue Church of Christ (Amarillo), Southwest Church of Christ (Amarillo), and University Church of Christ (Canyon).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Bennie Duncan and her sister Eva Jo Brown (née Duncan).
Survivors include her son, John Echols, his wife Carrie, and two grandchildren, Ryan Echols and Ashleigh Echols, all of Amarillo, TX. A special cousin Gary Hyatt, and wife Kathy of Amarillo, TX, along with many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family who will miss her dearly.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Scotty Witt Endowment Fund of Camp Blue Haven, ℅ Blue Haven Youth Camp, P.O. Box 92156, Southlake, TX 76092