Eva Bye (Watton)

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Eva was born on 3rd April 1920, in Shipton-under-Wychwood. She had two sisters, Dorothy and Rose, and a brother Albert, who was sadly killed in the war. Eva adored her family and worshiped her parents. She met Bill during their time serving their country during World War II. They were married on the 11th June 1949, in Shipton parish church. Truly dedicated to each other, they had a long and happy marriage, never moving away from the village. Sadly Bill passed away in 2007.

Eva loved talking and reminiscing about her days in the WAAF, and how she learnt to drive as part of her job. Having a driving license was so important to her; although she was unable to drive over the last few years, she still held a current driving licence of which she was so very proud.

Eva loved her home at Orchard Cottage, Ascott Road. Many hours she spent in her garden, something she had really enjoyed, attending to the many flowerbeds, until she suffered a stroke in 2009. Still Eva pottered around the garden for as long as she could. Another hobby of Eva’s was cross-stitch, creating some beautiful pieces over the years along with many cushion covers, which were very much admired by her visitors.

Eva had many friends and acquaintances who helped and supported her over the last few years, to stay in her own home, feeling safe, cared for and loved.  We are all truly grateful. She was a warm, friendly, kind, courageous lady. We will miss her very much!

Jan Grove (Eva’s niece)

October – November 2017