Patricia Ann Eich

Patricia Ann Eich, 65 of Columbia passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at her home.  No services are scheduled at this time.  She is survived by her husband Kenneth Eich of the home, a son David Eich of Columbia, a brother John Scott of Lees Summit, MO, a nephew, Daniel Scott as well as nieces Jennifer Siu and Katie Randolph.


  1. Janie Alexander on October 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    All the students loved Pat. I did too! She left a big old hole here at Columbia College when she left. One day she was in the teacher’s workroom and I got a coke out of the refrigerator. She said “Oh, that looks so good!” I offered her some but she said she’d better not. (I assumed for health reasons) I got a little cup and poured an inch of Coke into it. She drank it with relish. I will never forget her smile and the genuine caring she had for students.

  2. Michael Garver on October 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Pat is so loved by her students and all of us at the Evening Campus. She will be greatly missed. She was so kind to me when I was struggling with an accounting class. She was a good tutor so I signed up just to audit one of her classes to learn even more. Loved her smile and just shooting the breeze about anything and everything.

  3. Andrea Stefanov on October 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I met Pat about 4 years ago after moving to Columbia from Texas. We were in the Columbia Newcomers group where we went on hikes, attended book club discussions, and knitting groups. I feel privileged to have known Pat. She always had a positive outlook on life and lived that way. I’m so glad I got to see her more often the last two months. I will always remember her positive attitude.

  4. Andrea Stefanov on October 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I also want to say how sorry I am to her family. She was too young to go and I am deeply sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. Ryan Ochsner on October 19, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Pat was one of the first people I met upon moving to Columbia over 15 years ago. I became great friends with her son David, one of the best friends I’ve known. Over the last 5 years I was fortunate to see Pat more regularly, around town and at Columbia College. She enjoyed the True False film festival, and my wife and I would run into her periodically. We would sit and review the films we had seen, these discussions relating the beautiful way in which she viewed the world. When we would see each other around Columbia College, she would often bring up these films and pick up our discussions from months prior. She loved to travel with her son and this never left us a moment without a topic of conversation. I can’t get over how much I will miss these conversations and those that will never now happen.
    Pat was a legitimate person. Anything she said never let me down, it was always true to her character. She taught accounting, but she had vast knowledge in so many other directions. Even when she told me of how bad her condition was and that this was inevitably the end of her life, she addressed humanity’s fear of death with more eloquence than I have heard from anyone else. The last thing Pat told me was to take care of my family. I know she meant this, as I have had years to witness her relationship with her son. David truly loved his mother and she knew this. I am so sorry for him. It was crushing to see her name in the paper tonight and I just wanted to say what a wonderful person that she was.

  6. Lori Bowland on October 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Pat was one of the kindest persons I have ever known. I am truly heartbroken that she should pass so young. She approached life with a relish. What I will always remember about her is that she was always smiling…… My prayers are with her and her family.

  7. Jennifer Siu on October 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    My aunt was a kind gracious lady who cared for her family a great deal. Alway smiling, always laughing, always encouraging. She will be missed. Thank you from the family for your condolences.

  8. Bill & Phyllis Moore on October 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm


    We were so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. We commented that we hadn’t seen her walking the dogs recently, but we didn’t know why.

    Our sincerest sympathies to you and David. If you ever need the house looked after when traveling, or anything else, just let us know.

    Bill & Phyllis Moore
    3604 Scottson Way
    Columbia, MO

  9. Lucia D'Agostino on October 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    David, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a joy. Lucia

  10. Judy Campbell on October 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Pat’s family. Pat was a delightful gal. Always a smiling and gracious lady. I will always remember our travels and what a great time we had. May you rest in peace dear lady.

  11. Elma Halliday on October 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Pat has been a wonderful supportive friend to me for the past 15 years.She has shared in the happy and sad moments in my life.
    I will miss our walks with the dogs and phone calls.

  12. Lynda Dunham on October 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Pat’s family. I will certainly miss her cheery, intelligent conversations. She worked with us at Columbia College, and we could always count on her to delight us and make us think with her insights. She was also a fun person with whom to attend events around the community. In addition, she was an excellent teacher and tutor–very sought out by our students.

  13. Eileen Myers on October 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    My sympathy to Pat’s family. Pat was a good friend and a wonderful person. I shall miss her.

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