Eva Estelle Alva
Eva E. (Jarvis) Alva, age 87, was a lifetime resident here in Bishop. Eva was born to George A. Jarvis and Clara A. Jarvis who moved to Bishop in 1919 and began the original Jarvis Construction. Eva was their last living child born to them at home on Grove Street. on Jan. 18, 1926. She passed away on Dec. 20, 2013 at the Northern Inyo Hospital.
Being born and raised in Bishop, Eva graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1943. She began working at Bank of America at age 18 and worked full-time, in many positions but mostly as a notary and loan officer there at Bank of America serving them for 50 years. Quite an honorable time to work for any one company.
Eva married A. L. “Tony” Alva in the ’50s, and they remained married until Tony passed away in the ’80s. Tony owned the Texaco, located where Jacks Waffle Shop’s parking lot is today. Eva spent her life caring for others, especially her family as they got older. She also had her nieces and nephews on weekends and took them on summer vacations as well as many weekend adventures. Eva also took on the responsibility of helping raise Deborah (Jarvis) Williams along with her parents George and Clara. Although having no children of her own she was a natural mother and caretaker, she just stepped up and took on that responsibility naturally. She was a wonderful friend and an incredible woman. Once you penetrated the gruff exterior she put on, you would find she had a heart of gold.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband, A.L. “Tony” Alva; her parents, George and Clara Jarvis; all of her sisters, and brothers-in-laws; her brother and sister-in-law, Rose V. and Bill Hartshorn, George W. “Bud” and Jean Jarvis, Elsie B. “Tiny” and Ray Rasmuson and Gloria A. Jarvis; nephew, Bill Hartshorn; and chosen grandson/nephew, Michael “Stephan” Williams.
Eva is survived by her chosen daughter/niece, Deborah Jarvis Williams, who took care of Eva for the last four years of her life; and her chosen granddaughter/great-niece, Heather M. Williams, who shared an unexplainable bond with Eva. She is also survived by her nephew, James S. Hartshorn, and wife Michelle; great-nieces, Olivia and Taylor Hartshorn; niece, Patricia (Hartshorn) Clark, and husband Dick; great-niece, Nicole (Clark) Lopez, and husband Ray; great-niece Jamie (Clark) Cervenka and husband Andy; niece-in-law, Janet (Lendell) Hartshorn; great-niece, Jennie (Hartshorn) Reid, and husband Chris; great-niece, Lauren Hartshorn; niece, Susan (Rasmuson) Crance and husband Michael; great-nephew, Richard Crance and wife Liz, Kari (Crance) Juarez and husband Joe; nephew Gene Rasmuson, and wife Leeann; great-nephew, Jacob; nephew, Mickey Jarvis and wife Rosemarie; great-niece, Cyndi (Jarvis) Rottner; great-nephew, David Jarvis; great-nephew, Frank Jarvis; niece Bonnie (Jarvis) Roripaugh; nephew, Rick Jarvis and wife Yolanda; great-niece, Stacy Jarvis; great-nephew, Neal Jarvis, declared niece, Suzi Mandill; and great-nephews, Morgan and Thomas Mandill.
Evie’s funeral service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Brune Mortuary, 325 W. Elm St., Bishop. A celebration of life will follow after services and will be announced afterward. Her favorite “Ice Crean Sundaes,” will be served at Eva’s house.