Eva M. VandeGraft passed away on March 23, 2013 at Cashmere Convalescent Center where she had resided for the last six years. Eva was born in South Dakota on Feb. 2, 1928 to Arthur and Hannah Avery. At the age of eight she moved with her family to Leavenworth, Wash. where she attended school. That is where she met her future husband, Eldon VandeGraft Jr. They were married May 10, 1946 and were married 66 years. In the first years of their married lives, they worked road construction and traveled around the state. In 1954, they moved back home to Leavenworth where they raised their two children.
Evie worked in the fruit industry where she made many friends. She was involved with the start of Amber Leaf Theater. In the summers, Leavenworth held a baton twirling camp. Evie would host twirlers from around the state. She was always active with family and friends, and a great cook and homemaker. On the weekend, the house was always full of guests. She was always ready to help anyone in need.
Evie was preceded in death by her parents, numerous brothers and sisters and her grandson Eric Willet. She is survived by her husband Eldon VandeGraft of Wenatchee; her son Larry VanderGraft, daughter Lynn Forness, and grandson Matthew Stewart all of Leavenworth; granddaughter Cindy Johnson (Clay) of Cashmere; two great granddaughters Beth and Ericca Willet of Hagerman Idaho.; great granddaughter Kelsey Johnson of Seattle; great grandson Cary Johnson of Cashmere; sister Harriet Parsley of Corvallis Ore. and numerous nieces and nephews.
A very special Thank you to the staff at Cashmere Convalescent Center took wonderful care of her for the last six years.
In lieu of flower, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's foundation or the Humane Society.
A graveside service of commemoration to celebrate the life of Eva M. VandeGraft will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. View Cemetery in Leavenworth.
Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.