Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 6, 2012

Eva Louise Burrows McIver

Mineral Wells Index

— Eva Louise Burrows McIver, 92, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

Graveside service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Woodland Park Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home.

She has met our dad, Roy McIver, in Heaven. While sad at her passing, we are happy that Mama is now pain free and living in a wonderful place. Mama was the youngest child born to Ira Ilo and Mollie Mayfield Burrows on March 28, 1920, at home in Poolville. The family lived primarily in Poolville, Weatherford, Lipan and Mineral Wells as grandpa was a peanut farmer, grocery store owner, barber and salesman.

Mama graduated from Lipan High School, went to business school in Mineral Wells and, upon graduation, began work as a secretary/bookkeeper for the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce. It was there she rekindled an old romance with our dad, Roy McIver, whose family had lived on the farm next to hers in Lipan. When he came back from the Army Air Corp in World War II they married, moved to Fort Worth, and she worked as a legal secretary until the kids were born. Daddy died in 1988 but they enjoyed 43 years of commitment, love and companionship.

We girls, Linda and Nita, were mama’s life. She was the consummate PTA mom, neighborhood baby shower organizer, and Halloween cake maker for the local school carnival cake walks. Visitors at our home were offered, sometimes several times, food and drink before leaving as that was “the Southern way.” Daddy made the living as a bus and tractor/trailer diesel mechanic and mama learned how to make hamburger hundreds of ways and cook beans, fried potatoes and cornbread at least once a week. We never starved or were without shelter and adequate clothing. In fact, Mama made all our clothes until we were out of high school.

Some of her favorite foods to fix were pecan and chocolate pies, deviled eggs, dressing for the turkey on holidays and brownies. Daddy loved to garden, and mama spent many hours each summer canning and freezing our fresh picked fruits and vegetables for us to enjoy year around.

Mama developed a love of Sunday afternoon football in her 70s and Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith were her favorite “‘Boys.” She would ever forgo taking a nap on game days to watch the Cowboys and Tom Landry. Saturday nights would find her watching old country and western shows or “Joe’s Polka.” She was truly diverse in her musical tastes. Our mom gave us a good education in the art of living, but the last year or so she also taught us a lot about dying as well. You were a sweet mama, and when you see daddy and all the kinfolks give them a hug for us.

Survivors are Linda Kinnaird and husband, Rocky; Nita Higgins and husband, John; grandchildren, Chris Higgins and wife, Kristin, and their daughters, Makayla, Britlyn, Kylea and Jadeyn, Melissa and husband, Ian, and daughters, Saydie and Hannah, and son, Hayden and Rachel; along with numerous nieces and nephews spread around the state.

Special thanks to Mission Hospice, who walked with us through mama’s last months and stayed with us until the very end. What a blessing.

Condolences may be left at www.bcbfuneralhome.com.

Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home