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Eva Knapp

Eva Winifred (Saville) Knapp was born December 19, 1927, to Archie Leland Saville and Zanita Margaret (Fullerton) Saville in Redding, Iowa. She graduated from Redding High School in 1945. Eva attended Teacher's College in Maryville and taught in country school.

On November 18, 1945, she was united in marriage to Richard Ariel Knapp in Redding. To this union were born six children: Cheryl, Richard, Margaret, Charles, Mark and Benjamin.

Eva passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at her home in Mount Ayr.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; brother George Saville; and son-in-law Jerry South. Left to cherish her memory are six children Cheryl South, Richard (Shirley) Knapp, Margaret (Joe) Shields, Charles (Elena) Knapp, Mark Knapp and Benjamin (Melanie) Knapp; 12 grandchildren Kristina, Kenneth, Richeal, Anthony, Sue, Jeannie, Anthony, Elizabeth, John, Alexandra, Dawson and Briar; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister Pearl (Jimmy) James; sister-in-law Dorothy Saville; and many nieces and nephews.

Eva loved her job as mother and also held many other jobs during her lifetime. She was known for her quilting and shared many quilts with her family, church and others in need. She loved serving the Lord by sewing school bags and other items for missions. Mission work took her around the world from Louisiana, Montana, and Alaska in the Unites States and further to Haiti and Tanzania.

She was always ready to go to any and all of her children's and grandchildren's activities. Her family fondly remembers all of the cinnamon rolls and all kinds of food prepared especially for them.

It was her children's turn to prepare the food and provide the care for a special birthday party held in Mt. Ayr in September 2017 – her 90th year. This event drew together all of her children, many grandchildren, relatives and friends to celebrate the love she shared with us all. She loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally, even when they were hard to love!

Services: 10:30 am - Monday, April 23, 2018 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr

Officiants: Pastor Barton Shields

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sun., April 22

Family Present: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sun., April 22 – Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr

Memorials: In her name to be decided later

Burial: Middle Fork Cemetery – Redding, Iowa

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Margaret and Family: Sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained an angel.

Vickie Butler Pierce Apr 22 2018 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of Eva's passing. I was fortunate to get to know Eva when I was Coordinator at the Senior Citizens Activity Center. Eva visited the center with a group of ladies who did handwork and was always contributing baked pies for our bake sales and the yearly garage sale. When was fun to be around and had some interesting stories. My sincere condolences to the family of this sweet lady.

Janet Hogue Apr 20 2018 12:00 AM