Eva Belle (Karva) Scouffas, 91, died August 27, 2016, at Pioneer Ridge in Lawrence, KS.
She was the first child of Anton and Belle Karva, born on July 1, 1925, in Urbana, IL. She was a graduate of Urbana High School where she lettered in basketball and graduated with honors. Eva attended the University of Illinois on an academic scholarship where she studied French. She met John Scouffas just before entering college and left when they decided to marry. Eva and John were married in Mineral Wells, TX, where John was stationed before leaving for duty in Europe during World War II. They were married on December 25, 1943.
After living in New Hampshire for 10 years, Eva and John returned to Urbana with their children. When her youngest of five children started school, Eva worked as a secretary at Webber Elementary and Yankee Ridge Elementary Schools in Urbana. She worked for District 116 for more than 20 years.
Eva was also very involved in her community. She served as President of the Urbana School District PTA and Webber School PTA. Eva volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. She also served on the Urbana Park District’s Community Advisory Board and for many years served as a volunteer poll watcher for numerous elections. She felt strongly that voting was a duty, not a privilege.
Her greatest joy, however, was her family! Travel and camping were also very high on her list of favorites. John and Eva travelled to Greece twice and all over the United States. Her most favorite place on this earth was Dead Swede Campground in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. She loved sleeping in a tent, hiking, trout fishing and just being in the beautiful mountains with her family. She was an active camper until her late 70s. She gave all of her children and grandchildren a great appreciation and respect for nature. In later years she enjoyed watching college basketball — especially the Illini and her adopted Jayhawks.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband, John; son, Timothy; brother, John; sister, Betty Karva Faust; granddaughter, Mary; and great-grandson, Alexander. She is survived by her son John Richard (Mary Ellen) Scouffas, Palo Alto, CA; son Nicholas (Sherry) Scouffas, Oak Park, IL; son David Scouffas, Hayward, CA; daughter Anthea Scouffas (Sharon Graham), Lawrence, KS; and grandchildren Rick (Debbie) Scouffas, Walnut Creek, CA; Heather (Shawn) Maylen, San Jose, CA; Nick (Michelle) Scouffas, LaGrange, IL; and Beth (Brad) Mann, Western Springs, IL. She is also survived by her brother, Tom (Ann) Karva, Plantation, FL; sister, Joan Serio, Yorba Linda, CA; and nine great-grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by all!
Memorial services will be held this fall in Urbana. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either the Lawrence Public Library or the Urbana Free Library.