Cecile J. Hecker

ARKANSAS – Cecile J. Hecker, 85, of Delaware, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Legacy Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Russellville.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1936, in Lewiston, Maine, to her parents, Charles Morgan and Laura (Marcotte) Morgan. She attended Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine, where she was a member of the graduating class of 1954. Cecile married Herbert C. Hecker Jr., on June 22, 1957, and together they raised three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cecile taught fourth grade, remedial reading and special education. She was a pro-life researcher, journalist and lecturer. Through this work and her 10 years as the Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Cecile helped to save the lives of many children. Cecile received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. When she retired, she and her husband returned to Lewiston, Maine, and became members of the Secular Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church. After her husband passed away in 2009, she moved to Arkansas to live with her daughter. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Scholastica Catholic Church in New Blaine.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Laura Morgan; her husband of 51 years, Herbert C. Hecker Jr.; a son, Thomas Hecker and a sister, Charlene Cianciatto.

Cecile is survived by her son, John Hecker and wife Doreen of Manassas, Virginia; a daughter, Lori Potts and husband, Thomas of Delaware, Arkansas; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Hecker of Lexington, Kentucky; two sisters, Mary Ann Morin of Auburn, Maine and Patricia McKinney of New Hampshire; five grandchildren, Robby Potts and wife, Shannon, David Potts, Carl Hecker and wife, Stephanie, Michael Hecker and Kristen Potts; two great-grandchildren, Tinnin Potts and Logan Hecker; and other family members and friends.

A private family memorial rosary and mass will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m., at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in New Blaine officiated by Fr. Gregory Pilcher O.S.B.. Memorial service and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

Online guestbook at http://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/paris.



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