OBITUARY

Eva Kay Harrah

January 2, 1926May 13, 2018
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Eva Kay Reed Harrah, 92, of Fayetteville, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 13, 2018. She was born on January 2, 1926, in Brooklyn, West Virginia. She lived 90 years in West Virginia before moving to Ashburn, Virginia to live with her daughter, Brenda. Eva was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was caring, loving, helpful, strong, kind and sometimes funny. She had a big heart and her graciousness was felt by all. Her home was a welcoming place. Eva was a long-standing member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She worked as a receptionist at an optometry office, and she was active in the Fayetteville community. In addition to being a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 149, she served in several leadership positions for the Auxiliary. Eva was a volunteer at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, an active member of the Fayetteville High School Band Boosters and a local brownie leader. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delta William Harrah; mother, Mary E. Reed Novitsky; brothers, Charlie, Kenneth and Carl Novitsky; sister, Nellie Mullins; and son-in-law, Don MacEoin. Surviving are two daughters: Brenda MacEoin of Ashburn, Virginia and Barbara Conley (Doug) of Plymouth, MN; three granddaughters: Kristina Ulloa (Gonzalo); Alisa Keniger (Adam); Megan Niemer (Alex); seven great-grandchildren: Amanda, Evan, Annalise and Samantha Jackson; Garrett Keniger; Delta and Trinity Niemer; sister, Ann Copen; and many special step-grandchildren, step-great-grandsons, nephews, nieces, cousins and sisters-in-law. Visitation will be 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840. Funeral service will be Friday, June 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Timothy D. Bleigh officiating. Viewing before the ceremony will begin at 12:00 PM. Burial at the Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville will follow. Should friends desire, donations in memory of Eva Harrah may be made to Fayetteville United Methodist Church, 120 High Street, P.O. Box 87, Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840. For those wishing to express condolences to the Harrah family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com. Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home will be assisting the Harrah family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Funeral Friday, June 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Eva Kay Harrah

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Evan Jackson

June 19, 2018

I am thankful to have had you for my grandma. I loved visiting you in West Virginia and riding on the country roads, fishing and playing games with you. Love, Evan

Annalise Jackson

June 18, 2018

I have a bunch of memories, but my favorite would have to be sitting on the front porch, enjoying the sun and talking! She sang country roads to me every time I picked her up from senior center! Plus there was always a good game of Yahtzee when she played!

Alisa Harrah Conley Keniger

June 18, 2018

Grandma Eva always had great STRENGTH:
S-Strong- She was a physically & mentally strong lady. She showed us how to live life fully & even for years after Papa Delta left this earth she made sure to live every day.
T-Together- She loved being together with people. A social butterfly who would talk on the phone for hours with her neighbors - which always made me laugh as they were usually -literally- right next door!
R-Radiant- Grandma had a gift to make others smile through her smile & the ability to laugh at herself that let you know she enjoyed life & it oozed over to those around her.
E-Ever grateful- for everything she had in life. She had very humble beginnings & made sure she took care of the people in her life & her dogs. She loved her bird feeders full of food & to watch the birds, fresh flowers on her table & in her garden, the cards people would send for holidays & all the things she was blessed with. We are all grateful for her example.
G-Grandmother- She was made for the position & everything that came with that title. From baking to making jams, creating beautiful quilts & pillows, taking us shopping, feeding us well, & always excited to go with us to see the sights around her beloved West Virginia home. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo & Yahtzee for hours & showed no pity for us as she would win most every game. She took the time to help us find gorgeous shells at the beach, flew or drove cross country to visit us & loving us always.
T-Tough- She lived a wonderful & long life. She saw lots of change in the world politically, economically & with technology. She adapted & embraced it. She even conquered video chatting!
H-Heart- All heart for her friends, her community, her dogs & most of all her family.

Grandma Eva- Your laughter will live on in all of us. We can still hear you giggle after you would yell Yahtzee! You are missed, but with the memories we have to share & the impact you had on us, your love will live on in each of us. Love you, Alisa

Adam Keniger

June 18, 2018

I first met Eva, and her equally wonderful husband Delta, my first Christmas in the USA. I was welcomed into their home and, as so many others have said, I felt welcomed also into their hearts.
I will always remember Eva for her joy-filled and fun-loving spirit. She was always quick with a smile and laugh. A formidable Hand-and-Foot partner and a genuinely selfless and caring wife.
She loved her decorated Egg cabinet and would walk anyone through where they each came from.
She loved her little dogs, that all ended up being not-quite-so-little despite the fact that she would routinely proclaim that she “never fed them from the table”.
Most of all though, she loved her family. I was privileged to become part of Eva’s family and witness firsthand the care and the love that went into hosting and looking after her true treasures.
I am so grateful to have known such a wonderful person, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Part of her legacy will always be the fingerprints of service, love and joy that are clearly visible in the family that she and Delta created.
It is bittersweet to know that we will miss her and yet she is re-united with the love of her life, Delta, and will live on in our hearts as well as a much better place.
With much Love and Adventure, Adam

Rowena Farrar

June 12, 2018

I have so many memories of Eva (and Delta) from over 52 years of knowing her. When I think of her, I see her smile, and sense the welcome I felt every time I saw her. Vacations at the beach, desserts at her house, sitting on the patio, both hers and ours, her sewing projects, her kindness and calm. She was pretty, hairdo always perfect. She emanated goodness from her heart, and her spirit will remain with me always.

Alex Niemer

June 12, 2018

When I think of Eva many things come to mind, but the thing that comes to mind the most is the way she would exclaim “ oh my gracious” when something funny was happening and then her smile that accompanied the laugh! She just had a certain way of saying it that still brings a smile to my face every time I think of it.

Merla Prowse

June 11, 2018

The last time Mom got to spend the day with her sister May 2017, Barbara, Eva, Ann, Merla, Brenda

Nancy MacEoin

June 11, 2018

I have many wonderful memories of Gramma Eva but I most loved playing Yahtzee with her. She pretended to be the little old lady who didn’t always know the best strategy but would then win the game - often with more than one Yahtzee! My son Nico was so fortunate to know Eva and listen to her stories about growing up in West Virginia. We all love her and will miss her deeply.

Gonzalo Ulloa

June 11, 2018

I have many but my fondest memory with Grandma Eva is listening to all her stories from when she was young , the violin that hung on the right of her fireplace , how she got it , was one of the best stories i was ever told and its always gonna be in my heart and mind. I am very blessed to have had her in my life. Love, Gonzalo.

Kristina Ulloa

June 11, 2018

There are many memories I have to make me smile and giggle. Baking peant blossom cookies, gardening, Saturday night Bingo at the Legion, helping her at the visitors center at the bridge, walks on the beach, trips to Bunny's home, paint by number projects and many more. Much love, Kristina

Biography

Eva Kay Harrah was born on January 2, 1926 at home in Brooklyn, West Virginia. She lived over 90 years in West Virginia before moving to Ashburn, Virginia to live with her daughter, Brenda. Her mother was Mary E. Reed Novitsky. Eva was raised in Lucas, West Virginia with her five siblings: Carl, Kenneth, Charlie, Nellie and Ann; her mother and her step-father, Joseph.

Eva was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was caring, loving, helpful, strong, kind and funny with a witty remark and a twinkle in her eye. She had a big heart and her graciousness was felt by all. Her home was a welcoming place. She enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time.

On December 4, 1943, Eva Kay Reed exchanged wedding vows with Delta William Harrah in her Aunt Rebecca's living room in Fayetteville, West Virginia. They were married for almost 63 years before Delta’s passing in 2006.

Eva and Delta loved family. They were blessed with two daughters: Brenda (Don) and Barbara (Doug); three granddaughters: Kristina (Gonzalo), Alisa (Adam) and Megan (Alex); and seven great-grandchildren ranging in age from 23 years old to seven months old. They are Amanda, Evan, Annalise, Samantha, Delta, Garrett and Trinity. Also step-grands Gary, Nancy (Chris), and Nico.

Eva loved to play games and do activities with her children and grandchildren. Some of her favorite were “Yahtzee” and card games, such as “Hand & Foot” and “Rook.” She was extremely hard to beat at “Yahtzee.” It was amazing the number of yahtzee’s she would get in a game. Outdoor games included horseshoes, badminton and croquet. For TV, she would watch “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy,” and the news. Almost every night before bed, she would eat her favorite treat, a Klondike ice cream bar – the “original” flavor.

Eva also enjoyed cooking and making candy for her family and friends. Some fondly remember foods include – sausage biscuits and gravy, brown beans and corn bread, chocolate fudge, peanut butter blossom cookies, lemon delight, fresh corn and garden vegetables along with different jellies and jams made from her garden and grape vines. Her garden flowers and vegetables won ribbons at the Fayette County Fair. She loved flowers and she grew beautiful stargazer lilies beside her back porch. Her grandchildren remember her teaching them to make cookies and how yummy everything tasted.

Eva enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Eva liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were quilting, crafting, and making decorative pillows and decoupaged eggs. Many of the eggs were designed based on a person’s likes and interests. Her butterfly quilts and pillows that she made from unique handkerchiefs were a very sought after item.

Since experience was Eva's best teacher, she enjoyed hands-on learning. Eva attended Ansted High School and received a General Equivalency Diploma. She enjoyed some courses more than others, a favorite class being Home Economics. During World War II, she was a waitress at the Hotel Hill in Oak Hill, WV and Monroe Restaurant in Portsmouth, VA. After her daughters graduated from high school, she was employed at Dr. Janney's optometry office in Oak Hill as a receptionist.

Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with others, Eva's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. She was active in the Fayetteville community and was regularly doing thing for others. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 149, and served in several leadership positions for the Auxiliary. She also assisted the American Legion with Saturday night bingo along with the food, hotdogs and coleslaw. Eva was a volunteer at the first New River Gorge Bridge Visitor Center (which was in a trailer) to tell people about the bridge as it was being built. After that she volunteered at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. During her daughter’s elementary years, she was a local Brownie leader; and later when her daughters were in high school, she was active in the Fayetteville High School Band Boosters. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, one of her awards was an appreciation certificate from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Eva’s faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a long-standing member of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church. During that time, she was active in the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed participating in the church bazaar and was often requested to make her tea towel bibs. Everyone loved her lemon delight dessert which she would bring to events. She would watch “In Touch” – a Charles Stanley Ministry on Sunday mornings when she couldn’t make it to church.

Eva enjoyed visiting with family and friends, and traveling with her husband, Delta, when he went to different events for his job. She loved the beach and did many trips to beaches along the Atlantic seaboard from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Eva would walk along the beach with her family looking for seashells. She was very good at finding olive shells. She also traveled to many other places in the United States including Minnesota, Virginia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Texas and New York. She also went to Niagara Falls, Canada. Her daughters took her on her first trip outside the United States that required a passport, a Caribbean cruise, in 2009. They went to six different islands - Puerto Rico, Barbados, Grenada, Tobago, Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin.

Eva was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. For over ten years, one of her favorites was her dog, Brady, a Pomeranian. Other dogs that were greatly loved by her throughout the years were Coco, Dino and Muffin. Eva also made sure to take care of the wild birds. She always had her bird feeders and bird baths full. Hummingbirds, cardinals and American goldfinches were some of the birds that she enjoyed watching in her yard.

Eva went to be with the Lord on May 13, 2018 at the age of 92. She passed away at the Heritage Hall Rehabilitation Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Eva lived an active life until about five months before her passing and was still going to the Eastern Loudoun Adult Day Center five days a week until the last month of her life. Visitation was held at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville, West Virginia on Thursday, June 7th with the service to celebrate her life being held at Fayetteville United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, West Virginia on June 8th. Eva was laid to rest in Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville, West Virginia. At the end of her burial service several dozen monarch and painted lady butterflies were released and the hymn, “I’ll Fly Away” was sung.

Eva brought joy to all of those around her. She loved and was proud of being a West Virginian. She enjoyed singing old hymns, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, and the “West Virginia Hills”. There are many wonderful memories and friends from her life in West Virginia. Eva Kay Harrah lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.