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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
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.
Posted by Joy Neely


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