Eva A. Smith, 90, of Prosser passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 and is now home with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Eva was born Jan. 10, 1922 in Sebnitz-Saxony Germany. As a child she would cross the border into Czechoslovakia each week in order to bring back a newspaper for her father. She recounted that the border guards wouldn't let adults cross unless they had the correct paper work, but they paid little mind to children who would run back and forth across the border.
In 1928 she immigrated with her family to the U.S. Her parents had the idea that more wars were coming to Europe and they were right. After crossing the rough Atlantic Ocean, she remembered having to register at Ellis Island and their family was even detained there a few days until they were finally allowed to enter the country.
By her mid-20's, she was living in Chicago, Ill. and it was there that she met the love of her life, Lloyd Smith, in 1945. He had just returned home after serving in WWII and they were married on Feb. 2, 1946.
Eva shared the story that her uncle told them that their marriage wouldn't last two months and he was right...it lasted for 66 years. During that time, she and Lloyd raised three boys, Frank, Perry and Van Smith.
Eva worked on and off at various clothing stores. She was a very talented quilter, seamstress and knitter. Their house was filled with all sorts of craftwork that she had created over the years.
Eva and Lloyd traveled the country by motorcycle, lived in Alaska for seven years, flew together in their plane and took many hunting and fishing trips with friends.
Lloyd always admitted that Eva was a much better shot than he was and they harvested numerous deer together over the years.
Eva was a very kind-hearted person. Her sharp wit and tough attitude only added to the humor and love that she extended toward everyone. Even as her Alzheimer's progressed, you could sense that she was thankful for the visits and kindness shown to her by her church family and friends. We are thankful for her friends at the Grandview Church of Christ, and the compassion shown to her by Lower Valley Hospice.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Lloyd Smith of Prosser; two sons, Frank Smith and Van Smith; a brother, Rudy Lehman of Texas; and a sister, Virginia Schuering.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Grandview Church of Christ, with a luncheon to follow.
Condolences can be sent to www.valleyhillsfh.com
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of all arrangements.