Eva L. Swan, 97, of Erie, Pa., formerly of Lakewood, N.Y., passed away peaceful- ly in Erie, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, with her sister by her side, following an ex- tended illness.
She was the widow of James H. Swan, whom she married June 13, 1942, and who died March 19, 1999.
Eva was born in Panama, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1916, a daughter of the late Clif- ford and Mabel Smith Rater, and attended school in Westfield. She married her husband, Jim while he was in the U.S. Army and lived in several places, in- cluding California and New Mexico, while he was over- seas. Following his military service, they spent summers in Lakewood and Mayville and winters in Lutz and Tampa, Fla.
Eva held many jobs over the years, from riveting sta- bilizers on P38 airplanes in Roswell, N.M. (Rosie the Riveter) and Consolidated Vultee in Downey, Calif., to working at the former Grants Store in Jamestown, tying and picking grapes, and cleaning homes in Chautauqua Institution.
A life member of the Mayville Veterans of Foreign Wars, she enjoyed decorating and arranging flowers, attending auctions and yard sales, traveling and playing cards. She loved to be on the go and keep busy, and would do so at the drop of a hat. She en- joyed both reading and writing poetry, and always had a story to tell. Miss E was an incredible lady and will be greatly missed.
Eva is survived by a sis- ter, Vesta Breedlove of Erie, with whom she made her home the past several years; a brother, Darwin "Cub" Rater of French Creek; two brothers-in-law, Edwin Swan of Jamestown and Everett (Joan) Swan of Dewittville; two sisters-in- law, Clara Boland of North Clymer, and Lorraine Swan of Jamestown; and several nieces and nephews, great- nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her hus- band, Eva was preceded in death by a daughter, Bon- nie Swan; and a brother, Harold Rater.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the May- ville Cemetery. Visitation will not be observed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Eva at www.lindfuneralhome.com.
Eva's family wishes to thank Hospice of Erie, especially Ashley and Pat, for their care and support.