Eva B. Bartlett
Eva Belle Bartlett was born to Elizabeth Emeline (Smith) and William Manley Bartlett on Oct. 17, 1940. Eva passed away at Beatrice Health and Rehab on Friday morning, Feb. 23, 2018, at the age of 77.
Due to an RH factor, she developed cerebral palsy following birth. The doctors said that she would never walk, talk or be intelligent. She proved them wrong. Eva attended a special school for the handicapped in Kansas for many years. She worked at Whitcomb's music store for several years. After the Whitcombs retired, she owned and operated her own record shop, Eva's Records at the corner of Seventh and Court streets for 25 years, with the help of her mother. Eva once had been called up for jury duty, and after being told she could not serve because she was not a high school graduate, she became angry, and got her GED at Southeast Community College. She was then asked to speak on the importance of the GED program in front of the Nebraska State Legislature.
She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, the Lincoln Weavers Guild and was a member for over 30 years of the Beatrice Art Guild. She was an expert on music of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and she enjoyed weaving, oil painting, listening to books on tape, old country music and NASCAR.
Survivors include her sister, Mary Meadows of Climax, Kan.; and her twin sister, Erna Beach of Beatrice; as well as many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth (Smith) Bartlett and Manley W. Bartlett; her twin brothers, Marvin and Melvin Bartlett; her brothers, Wilbur Bartlett and David (Roger) Bartlett; her niece, Mary Sue Crisswell; her nephew, Bill Bartlett; and her great-nephew, Andrew Beach.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, with the Rev. Mark Schutt officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later in the Evergreen Home Cemetery. Public visitation will take place on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, with the family greeting friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Beatrice Art Guild, with the funeral home in charge. Sign Eva's online guest book and watch her video tribute when it is completed at www.ghchapel.com.
These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.