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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 Mount Ayr in September 2017 – her 90 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 were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Officiating was Pastor Barton Shields. Sharing was Alexandra Knapp and Andy Knapp.
Hymns that were sang was “Jesus Loves The Little Children”, “In The Garden” and “There Is A Redeemer. Musicians were John Shields and Elizabeth Crimmins.
Active casket bearers were Cheryl South, Richard Knapp, Margaret Shields, Charles Knapp, Mark Knapp and Benjamin Knapp. Honorary casket bearers were Eva’s grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Eva’s final resting place is at the Middle Fork Cemetery in rural Redding, Iowa.
Memorials can be left in Eva’s name to be decided later.

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  1. Rebecca on May 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I, too, honor the memory of our ‘Aunt Eva’ and agree with the good qualities written in her obituary. The little kindnesses are like gems to hold and cherish, even such as the duties she performed in the running of the household, cooking, seeing to the care of her children and others, such as cousins to her children.She was good to we ‘cousin children’ and always had a smile, though she also had great intelligence behind that, as she served in the seemingly mundane role. As a young gal, I remember her approving of we cousins getting along, and said: “You know, cousins can be better friends than brothers and sisters.”She certainly broadened her servitude beyond her home state, and my hat is off to that. We turn her over to the Lord, God be her sure Rest!

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