Eva Kathryn (Simon) Shaber
1923 ~ 2013
Eva Kathryn (Simon) Shaber, 90 of Boise, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Streamside Assisted Living Center in Nampa, Idaho. She was born in Parkland, Oklahoma on January 15, 1923 at her Grandmother's house to Raymond & Mary (Seaba) Simon. Previously deceased were her parents, her husband Cecil Ray Shaber, and brothers Harold, Joseph, and Bernard. She has one living brother, Donald, living in Branson, MO.
Eva often told stories of being the only girl in a family with four brothers on a farm in Oklahoma. She was the one who helped with the large amounts of cooking required during harvest time when the sharecroppers needed to be fed. After graduating from high school, Eva went on to Beauty School where she received her Beautician's license and went to work in that field. Eva and Cecil were married in November 1947. After Cecil received his master's degree in 1948 they moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where Cecil had taken a job with Phillips Petroleum Co. as a Safety Engineer. They lived there until July 1951, when Phillips transferred Cecil to the (then) National Reactor Testing Station outside Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Eva kept her hand in with friends, as a Beautician, and was very active in Holy Rosary Catholic Church after moving to Idaho Falls, but spent most of her time sewing and raising her six children. All six children are still living with Alan (wife Cindy) the oldest living in Emmett, Idaho; Eric (wife Charlotte) in Idaho Falls; Mark (wife Ann) in Boise; Joel in Boise; Ann Marie in Nampa; and Hugh in Seattle, Washington.
After Cecil retired from the Idaho National Laboratory in April 1987, they moved to Boise to be close to their children and get away from the cold winters in Idaho Falls. Eva continued to live in her home in Boise until her health required her to move into assisted living for her last 8 months.
A viewing (6:00PM) and Funeral Vigil (7:00PM) will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Boise on Friday, May 17. A Catholic Mass and Funeral is set for 11:00AM, Saturday May 18, also at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, with Graveside at 3:00 PM at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens.
To share memories with the family please visit Eva's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 16, 2013