March 11, 2010

(4/4/1915 - 3/4/2010)

Eva Lavaughn (Brown) Dye, 94, departed this life on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7:50 a.m. in Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL.

She was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1915, the third child of Lawrence Lee and Bessie Gerlene (Harvey) Brown on a farm southeast of Memphis, MO. She attended the Oak Ridge one-room country school where she graduated from the eighth grade. She lived her entire life in Scotland County.

The Brown family was active in the Oak Ridge Baptist Church, which was located near the school. Eva’s grandfather, the late John D. Brown, sawed the lumber and helped build the church in the early 1900’s.

When Eva was 14, the Brown family moved to a farm northwest of Arbela, MO, and became active in the Arbela Baptist Church. Eva received Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the Arbela Baptist Church at the age of 15.

On February 28, 1934, Eva was united in marriage to William Clark Dye. He preceded her in death in 1984.

The wedding took place at Kahoka, MO, in the Baptist Church parsonage by the late Rev. W.M. Cooney, who had been the officiating minister in the wedding of the groom’s parents, Grover and Beulah Dye, on April 11, 1906. Eva and Clark’s attendants were the bride’s sister and husband, the late Juanita and Calvin Webber.

Eva and Clark were the parents of three daughters, Arleta Gerlene, Wilma Nadine, and Nancy Lou.

The couple’s first home was on a farm east of Granger, MO, near his parents, where Clark was engaged in farming with his father. In 1944 Clark and Eva and his parents purchased two adjoining farms south of Arbela, MO, where they made their homes and continued to farm together.

Eva was a devoted and happy farmer’s wife and homemaker. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was a kind and caring friend to all who knew and loved her.

She enjoyed cooking and canning vegetables and fruits from her big garden and fruit trees. She liked to sew, especially for her three girls. She made beautiful quilts and did hand embroidery work. Each family member has a quilt she made especially for them.

She was a member of the Hazel Hill Sewing Club. The family was active members of the Arbela Baptist Church. Eva was a Sunday School teacher for most of her adult life.

On February 28, 1981, Eva and Clark retired from farming and moved to their home they had purchased in Memphis, MO. Eva moved her church membership from the Arbela Baptist Church to First Baptist Church in Memphis. She was a member of the Woman’s Missionary Union and the church Joy Group. She was a teacher of the older Adults Sunday School Class until her eyes weakened and she could no longer see to read. The light of her Christian faith has shown throughout her life.

Eva and Clark were great boosters for education, especially for their children and grandchildren. In later years she spoke of how thankful she was to have lived long enough to attend the graduation of her children and grandchildren from elementary, high school and college and to see each one find their place in life.

On February 28, 1984, Clark and Eva celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Six months later on August 14, 1984, Clark lost his battle with cancer and passed away. With the support and help from her children, and the loving care of her daughter Arleta, who made her home with her, Eva has remained in her home. Though in a wheelchair, she was faithful in attendance at her church as long as her health permitted.

She will be sadly missed by her loving family, other dear relatives, and many kind and loving friends, along with her church family.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; a sister and brother-in-law Juanita and husband Calvin Webber; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cecil and wife Reba, and Glen and wife Dorothy; other dear relatives and a host of friends.

She is survived by her daughters: Miss Arleta Dye and fiancé James Houston, Memphis, MO, Nadine Palmer and husband Wayne, Quincy, IL, and Nancy Davis and husband Ron, St. Louis, MO; four grandchildren: Gena Traver and husband Kevin, St. Louis, MO, Greg Palmer and wife Lisa, Hannibal, MO, Amy Heitman and husband Tom, Barnhart, MO, and Amber Davis, St. Louis, MO; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Brady Palmer; nieces and nephews, Darlene Whitehead and husband Jim, Calvin Webber, Jr. and wife Wally, Glenda Barnes and husband Bob, Larry Brown and wife Judy, and Dan Brown and wife Christine.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 8 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Pastor Tom Rains and Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. Special music was provided by Joe and Lori Fulk and the Boley children with Pam Blaine as the pianist. Pallbearers were Greg Palmer, Kevin Traver, Bud Wilson, Tom Heitman, Jack Chapman and Gary Ludwick. Honorary bearers were Okie Boyer, Joel Kugler, Stanley Mohr, Darrel Kraus, Dale Musgrove and Kenneth Dieterich. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

Memorials were suggested to Missions, in care of the Dye family, and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Dye family via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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