Eva Walcott

Eva Blankenship Walcott, 95, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Houston House.

She was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Solo, daughter of George Richard and Laura Steele Blankenship. She and Orville M. Walcott were married April 5, 1939.

She graduated from Houston High School in 1932. She attended college in Springfield and taught elementary school for one year before getting married.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Solo, where she was baptized Dec. 21, 1930. Her membership was moved to Sunnyside, Wash., in the late 1950s when Brown Shoe Factory, where she was employed, shut down. Upon returning to Houston in 1983, her membership was moved to First Baptist Church, where she attended services until she moved to the Houston House. Her membership remains there.

She loved working outside with flowers, crocheting afghans and doilies and visiting with family and friends over home-cooked meals.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville “Jack” Walcott; an infant daughter, Emma Leah on Oct. 11, 1945; six brothers; and two sisters.

Services were Saturday, April 9, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansfh.com.

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