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To Eunice Beaver


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Eunice and "Doc" Beaver


LEGACY OF LOVE

On July 10, 1892, a daughter was born to William Thomas and Elizabeth Handlon Pitchard, to which they gave the name of Eunice.

 

From her birth in Ludlow Township; to her teenage years in East Liverpool; to married life in Beavertown, her love has been shared. First with her parents and fourteen brothers and sisters, then as her own nest grew with five children, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and Twelve great-great grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren.

 

Her well of love never ran dry. She loved each of us as much as any of us. In her, love showed as she shared in training each of us in her crafts and her beliefs. She watched us as we grew, as we went into the world to reach for our own goals.

 

As the oldest grandchild, I am privileged and honored to have the memories of her life and the legacy of love she has left each of us. I remember times in my childhood, times at Grandma's home, a door that was always open - a place to call “up home.”

 

In each of our hearts there is a special spot for a "Ma" like her. Her motto of life is indeed imbedded in each of us.

 

Let us never forget the legacy of her love. Let us practice it and live it and make it grow. She lived it; she gave it to us. Now the legacy is ours. What better gift can one give?

 

Now, she has been called home, to suffer no more. Her work has been completed on earth. Now, she has passed through the gates of Heaven to be with our loved ones. I know that she will meet us at Heavens Gate and tell us-"The door is open, come on in!"

 

As we tell "Ma" goodbye, join me in the promise of her legacy of love, that it will never die in our hearts.

 

“Ma, till we meet again on those beautiful shores-we love you."

 

-Eileen


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Eunice And "Doc" Beaver Home


 

Eunice “Ma” Pritchard Beaver

July 10, 1892 – February 28, 1993

 

            I would like to share a few thoughts and memories with you. I am a grandson-in-law to Ma, the husband of Judy A. Beaver Frient. In the fall of 1969, I met Ma on my first trip to Beavertown, Ohio. I’ll never forget the warmth of her home and of herself to me. I remember how she always wanted to give something to us. In April of 1989, my wife Judy and I sat down with Ma for about three hours with a tape recorder. We just talked about her life.

            We talked about everything from Tadpole Run where she was born to the white house in Beavertown her and Pap shared. She told me about her faith in God, and how she baptized some of her brothers and sisters in the creek, while she attended a small church the called Temple Baptist, near Tadpole Run. Ma found great faith in God and told us how she was baptized herself in the Ohio River when she was in her thirties. Two of her favorite stories in the Bible were: the story of Ruth in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, the book of John, where Jesus meets the woman caught in adultery.

            Ma told me she valued her good health and being self sufficient more that material things. I will always remember going to her house in October or November each year. She had Christmas gifts already wrapped for us. Something for everybody It was important to her that we received them then, just incase we didn’t get back for the holiday.

            I asked her what she would want us to tell our kids later in life, she said to tell them to stay away from drugs and alcohol. And to remind them to honor their mother and father. Ma said she wanted to be remembered as a friend to everybody and she believed if you had two costs and met somebody without one, give one away. Also, it was important to her to take care of the sick and she just wanted to be remembered as a “plain old woman.”

            Ma was a very special person to me. I’m sure glad I was blessed to have known her.

-John A Friend