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Obituary for Eva Mae Sitton

With family present, Eva Mae Sitton passed away June 22, 2017 at her home of 60 years in Carlton, Oregon. She valiantly battled several years of shingles neuralgia, and in the last two years, lymphoma.
Eva was born a few miles north of McMinnville, Oregon, on July 14, 1927. She was the first child of Joseph and Ethel (Logan) Gennette. When Eva was about 7 months old her parents moved to a farm on the Yamhill River bottom, on the northeast side of Sheridan near Bellevue. Eva had a sister, Helen Bernice, born August 1928. Sadly, she was born prematurely at home and only lived 8 days.

Eva started grade school at Bellevue and attended for six years. When Eva started 7th grade, the school district sent 7th and 8th grade students to the junior high school in McMinnville. “That was pretty traumatic for a country bumpkin,” Eva said.

Eva was the editor of the Annual during her senior year at Sheridan High School. She worked on the school paper, The Spotlight, and was the service club carnival co-chairman. She was also active in Glee Club, May Day, track and field, volleyball, badminton, basketball and the senior class play. She worked part-time at Sheridan Grain and Elerath's Department Store in Sheridan. Eva graduated from high school in 1945 and completed one year at Oregon State College.

Returning to McMinnville in 1946, Eva worked at the local welfare office and at Sheridan Grain. She then transitioned to working full time at Sheridan Grain and remained with them until her marriage.

Eva met John Allen Sitton at a dance in Carlton. Dances were held upstairs over the Log Cabin and in the Legion Hall. John and Eva were married January 10, 1951 in the home of Rev. James Osborne, with Mary Bennett and immediate family present. Following their wedding reception, they took a wedding trip through southern Oregon and parts of California. After marriage, Eva worked at Oregon Mutual until 1952 when her first son, Allen Carse Sitton, was born. Then followed daughter Connie Jean, and sons John Logan, Kurt Larry and Lester Gene. Her days at home became understandably full, raising five children.

Eva loved her garden and taking care of her yard. She relished preserving and storing all types of food. She helped every winter in the lambing barn. Eva attended multiple sporting events of both children and grandchildren - even when she didn’t understand the game. For many years she swam at the McMinnville swimming pool. She loved playing cards with her many friends over the years. Eva has left a legacy of many lovingly made projects accomplished by crocheting, counted x-stitch, knitting, sewing and quilting. She loved to make memories for her family and recorded many in photos. She worked for a short time at the Farmer's Co- op in McMinnville in 1973-74. She worked as a volunteer at Red Cross Bloodmobiles and also helped with elections in the Yamhill County Court House for many years.

Eva’s husband, John, and her son, John, preceded her in death. Eva is survived by son Allen (and wife Kathy), daughter Connie, sons Kurt (and wife Jani), and Lester (and wife Brooke). Eva has 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at McBride Cemetery, July 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions can be made to the local animal shelter or Legacy Hospice of McMinnville.


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