Mankato Eva Marie Piper, age 97, formerly of Delavan, died Friday,?March 2, 2012, in Mankato.
She was born in Wells on Aug. 23, 1914, to Elwin and Nellie (Nelson) Hicks. Her parents died in 1922 from tuberculosis. After a short period of uncertainty, she was taken in and raised by her Uncle Carl and Aunt Hulda ("Fudge") Nelson, along with her brothers, Elwin and Gerald.
Eva graduated from Wells High School in 1932, and from the teacher training program in Wells in 1933. She started her teaching career in country schools but left teaching in 1938 to care for her Aunt Fudge, who had cancer. Eva married Clark Piper Nov. 22, 1938, in Winnebago. The couple lived and farmed near Delavan for many years. In 1953, Eva resumed teaching and attending college, getting her bachelor's degree from Mankato State in 1960. She taught in Twin Lakes, Kiester, Delavan, Hayden, Ariz., and Bricelyn (16 years). She loved teaching children. She was artistic, and enjoyed drawing, painting, writing poetry, directing plays and reading.
Eva M. Piper, 97
Eva was preceded in death by her parents; her Aunt Fudge and Uncle Carl; brother,?Elwin (Bunny) Hicks and wife Phil, sister, Lozira Wuerflein and husband Marlin, brother, Gerald Hicks and wife Evelyn; in-laws, I.L. and Katherine Piper; sister-in-law, Sister Mary Maurice O.S.M., brother-in-law, Claire (Spike) Piper and wife Geneva; niece, Sister Tressa Piper; nephews, Bradley Hicks, Philip Piper, Padric Piper; and by her husband, and sons, Craig and Irving.
She is survived by son, LaMar Piper and wife Sue, their sons, Matthew, David, James and Zachary; daughter-in-law, Cecelia Piper, and her sons, Christopher and Ryan (Morgan) Piper, great-grandson, Ryan; and many nieces, nephews and their families.
A Memorial Visitation was held March 9, 2012, at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago.
Online condolences can be made at www.spencerowen.com