In Memory

Eva Rose Self Best (Ovalo Eagles) - Class Of 1930

Eva Rose Self Best

October 30, 1911 - April 14, 2010

Bradshaw, Texas

Eva Rose Self Best, 98, died in Atria Vista Del Rio Assisted Living, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 14, 2010. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Bradshaw Baptist Church with the Reverend Ed Bigham officiating. Burial will be in Bradshaw Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola.

Eva was born October 30, 1911, in Ovalo, to Millard Filmore and Margaret Jane Coley Self. Eva was the last surviving member of her class at Ovalo High School. She married Wesley W. Best February 15, 1934. The couple lived most of their married life in Bradshaw where they operated a mechanic shop primarily for the repair of farm equipment. They celebrated 61 years of marriage before Wesley's death in 1996. Eva had an extraordinary memory and knew many people in south Taylor and North Runnels counties, how they were related, who married whom, and much about their lives through several generations. During the late stages of the Great Depression and World War II, Eva taught many folks how to can and preserve food. She and Wesley almost always had a garden. Wesley often remarked that you didn't have to pay income tax on food you grew.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one sister, Wilma Dee Wilder; and a brother, Hilbin (Slim) Self.

Survivors include two daughters, Zilla Rose Best Partee of Big Spring and Norma Faye Best Morgan and husband Jerry of Boulder City, Nevada and Los Alamos, New Mexico; and one sister, Beatrice Childers of Abilene.

Survivors also include the following descendants: grandchild, Mariam E. Morgan-Smith and husband Dennis and their daughters, Lauren Faye Morgan-Smith, and their granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah, and a grandson, Wesley; grandchild, Jenica Marie Morgan-Smith-Cline and husband Andrew and their granddaughter, Margaret and grandson, Oliver, all of Albuquerque, and grandchildren Merik Morgan of Bozman, Montana, and Marsh Morgan and wife Sarah of Los Alamos; grandson Devin Partee and wife Judy of Abilene, and their children: Ashley Partee, of Abilene, and Rose M. Partee of San Antonio; Terry Barber and wife Kerri of San Antonio and their son, Noah; Bobby Barber and wife Vicki of White Oak, and their children, Bo and Jasmine; and Crystal Barber of Dallas; Stephanie Brown and husband Luke of Abilene, their children Tara, Matthew and Izabella; grandson Richard Partee and wife Sidney and their six children of Breckenridge, Michael, Michele, Varian, Chance, Courtney and Samantha; Becky Kennedy and her two sons, Chris and Anthony, and her three granddaughters; Tommy Partee and his three daughters, one granddaughter and one grandson; Pat Vanover and her daughter, son, two granddaughters, and two grandsons, and one great-grandson; and Jeanette Ross and her daughter, son, and six grandsons; and several other relatives.