Eva Leavitt

May 26, 1928 - February 12, 2013
Eva Leavitt

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After spending three days in the Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House surrounded by loving family, sweet friends, and wonderful Hospice staff, Eva was welcomed home by her beloved Lord Jesus at 9PM in the evening of February 12, 2013.

Born May 26, 1928 in Mannheim, Germany, Evaís mind and body bore the scars of war, but her tender loving spirit survived unscathed.

Acts of selfless kindness were the hallmark of Evaís 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 MI 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 Lansingís 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, NC. During that time she became active in the Buncombe County Republican Womenís Club. While serving as the clubís 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, SC. Eva deeply loved her two wonderful grandchildren, Patrick and Emily both of Greenville, SC.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 23 at the Heritage Hills Retirement Community starting at 10 AM. A light luncheon will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Evaís memory may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or to Memory Care of Asheville.

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  • February 20, 2013
    DEBBIE EYE says:
    Eva was a wonderful patient and we loved her dearly. I would always tell her she needed Glenn to take her shopping to her favorite store Belk's each time I saw her. It was difficult to see her health decline. My thoughts and prayers are with Glenn and the family.

  • February 21, 2013
    Philip E. Peterson family says:
    Glen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We have fond memories of Eva and the good times we shared when you lived in Lansing, MI.

  • February 26, 2013
    Cathy Westover says:
    I met Eva when I began work in the OR (1975) at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo Michigan. We worked together on the ortho team. Eva was always sweet, kind and attentive. My sincere condolences to her family.

  • February 27, 2013
    Phyllis Plowucha says:
    I loved each of you and enjoyed my visits to Eva, Glenn and Skeeter. Eva was a precious soul who will be missed. I was blessed to have known and loved her. Glenn you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.