Eva J. (Hitt) Irvin, 97, departed this life on Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Abilene, Texas.
Born October 7, 1925, in Haskell County, Texas, Mrs. Irvin was the daughter of James Thomas Hitt and Verla Grace (Grinstead) Hitt.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, 7457 W. Lake Road, with Dr. Joseph Richards officiating under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene.
Reared in Haskell County, Texas, Mrs. Irvin attended Haskell High School where she met her soon-to-be husband, Alton. The pair were married on May 29, 1943.
Mrs. Irvin worked to support their home while Alton served abroad in the military. Upon his return, the couple started a family and began their long lives together in Abilene, Texas. To her family, she was known as the best cook around; her oatmeal cookies, fried chicken, coconut and pineapple cream pies could win awards.
In 2013, the couple celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four siblings (Carl, Tommie, Mary Ellen and Clarence), Alton's siblings (G.C., Bill, Laverne, and Laura), and daughter-in-law Kloyece Irvin.
Mrs. Irvin is survived by her three children, Dr. Larry Irvin, Kenneth Irvin (Loyce) of Krum, and Carla Irvin Casteel (Bill) of San Antonio; four granddaughters, Allison Irvin Richards (Dr. Joseph) of Fort Worth, TX, Kaci Irvin Mielke (David) of Highland Village, TX, Kerbi Irvin Cruz (Phillip) of Aubrey, TX, and Taylor Bush of Houston, TX; and five great-grandchildren, Case and Arden Richards of Fort Worth, Parker, Cameron and Trevor Mielke of Highland Village and Sofia Cruz of Aubrey; as well as three step-granddaughters, Kirsten, Jamie and Anna and three step-great-granddaughters, Elainea, Annora and Laila of San Antonio, TX.
A special thanks is extended to Dr. Josh Thomas and staff, the staff at Chisholm Place Assisted Living and the staff of Hendrick Hospice for their care and kindnesses. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a gift to Hendrick Hospice Center in honor of Eva Irvin.