Eva Eloise Mullins, 92, of Jefferson, formerly of Paton, died Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Regency Park. A funeral service was held Wednesday, February 8 at Salem United Methodist Church in Paton with Rev. David Arulnathan of the Salem United Methodist Church, Paton officiating. Honorary bearers were Eli Black and Joe Davis. Casket bearers were Colin Black, Vernon Bauer, Vance Bauer, Philip Bauer, Jim Price and Derwood Mullins. Congregational hymns “The Old Rugged Cross” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” were accompanied by Danille Curtis. Interment was at Dawson Township Cemetery in Paton.
Eva Eloise Scott and her twin brother, Elijah, were born September 17, 1924 in Ontario, Iowa. Her parents were Emmett Benjamin Scott and Florence Belle (Price) Scott. Her dad’s job with the railroad moved them from Ontario to Clinton, Iowa for a short time, then to Jefferson where the family remained. A few years after the death of Eva’s mother in December 1934, she moved in with Clark and Nettie Hays to continue her schooling and help in their home. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to Lewis Benjamin Mullins on November 17, 1946 at the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson. They made their home on the farm in Dawson Township near Paton. Their daughter, Corinne Eloise, was born on August 29, 1950.
Eva belonged to the UMW at Paton Methodist Church and Stitch and Chat, a neighborhood club. She also enjoyed her membership and meetings of the Greene County Historical Society.
She enjoyed gardening and tending to the house yard. She kept busy with her chicken chores and helping with the other livestock and field work as was needed. She made many meals and lunches for those in the field. She sewed many of her own clothes and Corinne’s, including Corinne’s wedding gown. She did other needle work and crafts. One project she was pleased with was a “class quilt” she assembled with blocks from each of her classmates that she pieced together and had machine quilted.
The family took many Sunday drives to state parks and historical places and to visit family. Eva moved to the Regency Park nursing home in September 2011. She passed away there on February 4, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis, on February 5, 2006; her brothers: Delbert, Elmer and Elijah; brothers-in-law, Leslie Mullins and Verlin Bauer; sisters-in-law, Florence Scott and Elva Mullins; and son-in-law, Vernon Brancroft, on December 22, 2016.
Eva is survived by her daughter, Corinne Bancroft; sisters-in-law, Hortense Scott of Calif. and Vera Bauer of Gowrie, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials can be directed to Salem United Methodist Church in Paton, Genesis Development or Greene County Historical Society.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson.