Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Eva Jane Holley (“Grammy”) passed away peacefully on January 25, 2023 at the age of 93.

Eva was born in Salem, West Virginia on September 9, 1929 to Sylvia Riffee and Thomas Arthur Smith. After high school, Eva moved to Barberton, Ohio with her first husband Ed Hutson.  Always an industrious worker, Eva held many jobs over the years while raising their four children.  She was proudest of her work as a clerk at the United States Post Office, where she met her second husband Barney Holley. Eva and Barney relocated to the warmth of central Florida, where she was an avid golfer and country line-dancer.  Although she dreaded the cold winters, in 2015 Eva moved back to Wooster, Ohio to be closer to her family.

A tiny lady with a big personality, Eva always took great care with her appearance.  She loved having her hair done and dressing in sharp outfits and pretty jewelry.  Eva loved to decorate for all occasions, especially Christmas and patriotic holidays.  She amassed a huge collection of decorations for all seasons, and even decorated her golf cart before going out to play a round!  She loved flowers, gardening, crossword puzzles, and collecting angel figurines.  Eva was active in her church and could often be found reading daily devotions and scripture.

Eva is survived by sister Linda Kay Frazier (Greg) of Vienna, West Virginia; children Tim Hutson of Huntsville, Alabama; David Hutson (Beverly) of Wadsworth, Ohio; Connie Hutson of Wooster, Ohio; and Teddy Hutson of Wooster, Ohio.  Affectionately known as Grammy to her family, Eva had four children, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Eva was preceded in death by husbands Edward Hutson and Barney Holley; sisters Dorothy “Dot” Velevit of Florida; Helena Hunt of Fontana, California; and brothers Eldrid Smith of Bucyrus, Ohio; Danny Smith of New Martinsville, West Virginia; and Randall Smith of Weirton, West Virginia.

The family will hold a private graveside service at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron, Ohio at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

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  1. I was delighted to make Eva’s acquaintance a few years ago – what a lovely, gracious, sweet lady. My sincere sympathies to her family. Thinking of you, David, Connie, and Beverly, as you navigate Eva’s loss.

  2. I met Eva several years ago at church. She was such a sweet lady. I could immediately feel a warm glow about her and also a little orneriness !
    She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. I will certainly miss her. Heaven accepted another angel when Eva arrived.

    I wish Connie, Lauren and all the rest of the family peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God bless each of you.

  3. Sending my deepest sympathy. Eva was a very sweet lady and I am glad I had the pleasure of knowing her.

  4. I knew Eva from Bible Fellowship Church in Sebring, FL. She was in all the bible studies, and at Christmas time she always had a sweet gift for everyone. A pen, with her name on it. She made a terrific peanut butter fudge too! The ladies missed her when she moved to Ohio. Rest in Peace dear Eva.


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