Eva Jones Macdougall (1919 - 2015)

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Former Douglas resident, Eva Jones Macdougall, died on July 24, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona at the age of 96. Her grandaughter, Debbie Powell, and friend, Erv Hagerup, were at her side. Eva had been residing at Rock Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center for about two years.
She was born in Simla, Colorado April 30, 1919 to parents John & Mabel Ohlemacher. Despite being the oldest of five siblings, she outlived them all: Christine, Jerry, Bill, & LeRoy. When Eva was 10 years old, her father died leaving her mother financially unable to raise 5 children, so they had to be split up 3 ways. Eva & her sister went to live with a childless couple on a farm in Colorado. Even though Eva wanted to go to high school very much, she was not allowed to go because her foster parents didn't think it was necessary for farm people. Later at the age of 48, she proudly got her GED in Juneau.
In 1941 she married Charles H. Jones, a widower who had a son, Charles , and a daughter, Ruth. Charles worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs which required several moves, so they lived in North & South Dakota, Illinois, and Montana before moving to Juneau in June 1950 and one year later moving to Douglas. After 37 years of marriage, Charles predeceased Eva on June 4, 1978. Eva stayed in Douglas until May 1988 when she married Walter Macdougall from Portland, Oregon, and became a snowbird. Unfortunately, Walter died in April 1989, but she continued to enjoy trailer life along with her brother, Jerry Ohlemacher, until he passed away 10 years later.
During her time in Juneau, she worked as a sales clerk, an office worker for the Bureau of Public Roads, Veteran's Admin., and the Alaska State Dept. of Fish & Game. Eva was a very active member of Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron one year. She also belonged to Emblem Club, PEO, and AARP.
Eva's stepson, Charles Jones, also predeceased her.
A small family memorial service for Eva was held in Oct. 2015 in Waldport, Oregon where her step-daughter, Ruth Gildersleeve, resides. Eva is survived by her step-daughter, Ruth Gildersleeve; 2 step-grandsons, Rick & Jim; 1 step-grandaughter, Debbie; 3 step-great grandsons, and 3 step-great grandaughters.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 17 to May 17, 2016