HENDERSONVILLE - After spending three days in the Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House surrounded by loving family, sweet friends, and wonderful Hospice staff, Eva Leavitt was welcomed home by her beloved Lord Jesus at 9 p.m. in the evening of Feb. 12, 2013.
Born May 26, 1928 in Mannheim, Germany, Eva's mind and body bore the scars of war, but her tender loving spirit survived unscathed.
Acts of selfless kindness were the hallmark of Eva's entire life. In 1957, Eva married and came to America. Deeply grateful for the sacrifices that freed her country from tyranny, Eva joyfully adopted the USA as her homeland and English as her language of choice.
After six years in State College, Pa., Eva moved to Michigan where she lived in Albion, then in Kalamazoo, and then in Lansing.
Eva began her medical career as a nursing assistant in Albion Community Hospital. Always tops in her training classes, she became a surgical technician at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Finally, she finished out her medical career as an orthopedic scrub nurse in Lansing's Sparrow Hospital. Failing health forced Eva to retire in 1990.
With excellent taste in color and balance, Eva loved decorative handwork, especially crocheting, needlepoint, and dried flower arrangements. Eva also loved the outdoors, camping, and bird watching. She even did some wilderness backpacking.
In retirement, Eva lived 13 years in the Hunters Trace community south of Asheville, N.C. During that time she became active in the Buncombe County Republican Women's Club. While serving as the club's liaison with First Step Farm for women, Eva became a passionate supporter of that program. She also served as a volunteer in the Food Pantry of the South Asheville branch of Asheville Buncombe County Christian Mission (ABCCM). In 2005, further health complications necessitated a move to the Heritage Hills Retirement community in Hendersonville, where her activities became limited to being a kind and thoughtful neighbor.
Eva was a member of Mount Pisgah Lutheran church in Hendersonville.
Eva is survived by her husband Glenn, and her beloved son, Clifford and his dear wife Carol, of Travelers Rest, S.C. Eva deeply loved her two wonderful grandchildren, Patrick and Emily, both of Greenville, S.C.
A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Heritage Hills Retirement Community. A light luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Eva's memory may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731, or to Memory Care of Asheville.
An online guest book and sympathy card are available at www.shulerfuneralhome.com.
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from February 19 to February 20, 2013