McGuffey descendant to lecture Saturday

Staff report


Shirley Eckley, a descendant of William Holmes McGuffey, will discuss the local roots, life and legacy of McGuffey, “America’s Storyteller,” at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The lecture, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is open to the public and will include a raffle, refreshments and music by Dolores DePietro. Admission is $6 ($5 for members). Reservations are suggested; call 330-726-8277.

Eckley, the president of the WHMHS and a Hubbard resident, was born in Youngstown as Shirley Patterson and graduated from South High School and Youngstown State University. She taught in Youngstown, Columbiana and Hubbard schools.

Besides facilitating the society’s front-porch storytelling program and the annual founder’s day program, both at the William Holmes McGuffey Elementary School, Youngstown, she regularly conducts programs on her ancestors, including her great-great-grandmother, Anna McGuffey Harris, a sister to Mr. McGuffey.

Eckley is a lay servant with the United Methodist Church, presently serving as chaplain, for Liberty Arms Assisted Living and Hubbard Countryside at the Elmwood Assisted Living.

She is a 56-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, now serving as the Worthy Matron for the Hartford Chapter. She is married to Tom Eckley and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

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