Maria Renee Eckstein and Heath Garrett Thurston, who became engaged on Christmas Day, have plans to wed in October at Cumberland Falls.
She is the daughter of Marcia and Robert Eckstein, Kokomo. She is a 1997 graduate of Kokomo High School and a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in biology and nursing. She is employed by Indiana University Health Partners, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, as a registered nurse in the neuro/trauma unit.
He is the son of Gary and Penny Thurston. He is a 1992 graduate of New Castle High School and a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie in industrial technology. He is employed by Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, as a stationary engineer.
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