Eva "Jean" Slama Norwood was born in Austin County on January 25, 1919. She passed away on Friday, May 6, at the age of 86 years. Graveside services were held Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 4 p.m. at pilgrims Rest Cemetery with Dr. Carole Tarwater officiating. She attended the Tottenham School in Austin County and finished the seventh grade. She was the fourth child of Joe and Cora Slama and was in a family of eight children. As children, they worked very hard picking many acres of cotton by hand. Eva married Earl Norwood on March 6, 1938 in Bellville. They moved to Houston and Earl was drafted into the army. Eva worked for Brown and Root at the Houston Ship Channel where she riveted new ships for the war. She and Earl moved to Spring Branch in 1950 where they had a lovely home, manicured flower beds, and many large pine trees. Eva worked as the manager of Pearl's Beauty Shop for 30 years until she retired. She then worked at a candy factory making wonderful candy treats. Eva and Earl had no children. Eva had very special neighbors whom she loved. The couple next door had twin boys, Ryan and Robert Simpson. These children were very dear to her and she loved them as if the were her grandchildren. Eva moved to Hempstead in 1995 after living in Houston for 56 years. She was a wonderful gardener and always had beautiful flower beds. She especially loved animals and had several dogs and cats that were very special to her. She loved "Susie," "Scooter," "Molly," "Mama," and "Big Man," very much. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church in Spring Branch, First Baptist Church of Houston, and was currently a member of Hempstead Baptist Church. Eva was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Earl Norwood; brother, Joe Melvin Slama; sisters, Helen Zander, Ruby Perry, and Bessie Smith. She is survived by sisters Mary Johnson of Conroe, Nan Evans of Georgetown, and brother Herbert Slama of Hempstead. She is also survived by nieces, Ruth Jean Harden and Carole and Mel Tarwater of Bellville; Fay and Ken Garrett of Georgetown; Gale and Mary Smith of Alpine; Jerry Smith and Joe Slama of Hempstead; Betty Glenn and Ruth Glenn of Conroe; and Becky Quebodeaux of Arizona. She is survived by special friends, Ryan and Robert Simpson, Bernie Fernandes, and Bob Simpson. Memorial gifts may be made to the Bellville Hospital Foundation, PO Box 977, Bellville, TX 77418.
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