Eva Viola Hill Blubaugh
Eva Viola Hill Blubaugh, 93, passed away Aug. 15, 2007, in Rifle. She was born Oct. 22, 1913, in Grenola, Kansas, to Benjamin and Maude Hill, and was raised on a farm near Moline, Kan.After graduating from high school, she moved to Wichita, Kansas.She married Raymond Blubaugh June 20, 1936, in Wichita. Together they raised six daughters, and celebrated 71 years of marriage last June.Eva and her husband made their home in Arkansas City, Kansas, for over 30 years before returning to Lodi, California, in 2000 to be near their daughters. In 2005, they moved to Rifle to live with one of their daughters.Eva was an accomplished artist who painted over 50 landscapes that are treasured by all who knew and loved her. She designed the home she and her husband built in Arkansas City. Eva’s love for the Lord Jesus Christ was paramount in her life, and resonated throughout all the kind and compassionate deeds she performed. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives were touched by her goodness.Eva is survived by her husband; daughters Barbara DeMars of Fergus Falls, Minn., Kathryn Garvey of Lodi, Calif., Carolyn Gibson of Salt Lake City, Joyce Pace of Rifle, Louise Bright of Fair Oaks, California, and Teresa French of Rifle; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.Eva was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, infant child, Mary Marlene, and grandson Joseph DeMars. Family and friends attended a beautiful celebration of Eva’s life at Farnum Holt Chapel the evening before a funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Eva was buried Aug. 21 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.
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