Eva Belle Bartlett was born to Elizabeth Emeline (Smith) and William Manley Bartlett on October 17, 1940. Eva passed away at Beatrice Health and Rehab Friday morning, February 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 Whitcomb’s retired, she owned and operated her own record shop, Eva’s Records at the corner of 7th 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 member for over 30 years of the Beatrice Art Guild. She was an expert on music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s; weaving; oil painting, listening to books on tape; old country music; and NASCAR.
Survivors include sister Mary Meadows of Climax, KS and twin sister Erna Beach of Beatrice; 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; twin brothers Marvin and Melvin Bartlett; brothers Wilbur Bartlett and David (Roger) Bartlett; niece Mary Sue Crisswell; nephew Bill Bartlett; and great nephew Andrew Beach.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with Reverend Mark Schutt officiating. Inurnment will be at a later in the Evergreen Home Cemetery. Public visitation will be on Tuesday from 10:00-8:00 PM at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel with the family greeting friends from 6-7:30 PM. Memorials to the Beatrice Art Guild with the funeral home in charge. Sign Eva’s online guest book and watch her video tribute when completed at www.ghchapel.com.
These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.