A graveside service for Eva Boothe Colvert Harris will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. A lifelong resident of Ardmore, Eva Harris died on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the age of 92, to stand before the Lord.
Eva is survived by her son Raymond H. Harris and wife, Marydel of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren: Stephen Harris of Dallas, Texas; Libby Black and husband, Josh of Longview, Texas; Carrie Arnold and husband, Clay; and Tim Harris and wife, Elizabeth of Dallas, Texas; eight wonderful and vibrant great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her best friend and sweet older sister, Martha Evans.
She was preceded in death by her parents, RG and Anna Mae Colvert and her two older brothers, Raymond G. Colvert, Jr. and Dick Colvert.
Eva was born on Feb. 13, 1927 in Ardmore, to a family of four children and loving parents. Eva was truly a lifelong resident of Ardmore except for short stints in Lawton and Norman. She lived most of her life in the house in which she was born. Eva’s desire was to complete life’s journey in that home.
Eva attended high school at Hockaday Girl’s School in Dallas, Texas. She then attended the University of Oklahoma and upon graduation toured Europe for several months as a graduation gift from her parents. Afterwards, she worked for her families’ business, Colvert Dairy Products Company. While working for Colvert’s, she met Dr. Del Harris, MD in 1954, married and shortly thereafter in 1955 had her only child, Raymond. She was a lifelong homemaker and wonderful mother.
In 1962 she was remarried, moving to Norman, to raise her son, Raymond along with a step daughter. Several years later, they were transferred back to Ardmore and then back again to Norman because of her husband’s job in the oil business. Eva stayed in Norman until Raymond graduated from high school and then moved back to Ardmore to take care of her aging mother. Eva lovingly cared for her mother until her passing in 1985. Shortly thereafter, her sister, Martha Evans joined her to live in the “Colvert family home” and they resided there ever since.
Eva loved to play the piano and could do so “by ear.” From a young age, she took up the piano seriously and became a prolific jazz pianist. She loved the melodious sounds of the 50s and 60s with songs such as “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Play Misty for Me” and “The Nearness of You.” One of Eva’s great joys was to practice on her Steinway piano, entertaining the relatives. She always referred back to a famous concert she gave in the Colvert home. Eva played up into her 90s, making the keys hum although she had pain in her arthritic hands. She was truly gifted using it to soothe the souls of many of her family members, including her own. She was also a lover of her pet dogs and later on, feral cats that would wander to the back porch. She fed many cats for the neighborhood, always having compassion and love for the most down trodden of animals. She truly had a phenomenal capacity of love.
She was loved by all of her nieces and nephews, affectionately being called Aunt Boo. She was a favorite among the family, always gregarious, having fun with a compassionate and loving spirit.
Eva was known throughout Ardmore as a caring person. Everyone would say that she was one of the most polite and kind ladies. Her social graces were wonderfully sharp and genuine. She always dressed up and was a truly beautiful woman inside and out. Ardmore was richer because of her life.
Services are entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where a memorial register book may be signed. Words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 22, 2020