Eva Piper, 97, formerly of Delavan died on Friday, March 2, 2012 in Mankato.

    Eva Piper, 97, formerly of Delavan died on Friday, March 2, 2012 in Mankato.
    A memorial visitation will be on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Winnebago.
    Eva Marie Piper was born on August 23, 1914 to Elwin and Nellie (Nelson) Hicks in Wells, Minnesota. Her parents died in 1922 from tuberculosis. After a short period of uncertainty, she was taken in and raised by her Uncle Carl and Aunt Hulda “Fudge” Nelson, along with her brothers Elwin and Gerald. She graduated from Wells High School in 1932 and from the teacher training program in Wells in 1933. She started her teaching career in country schools but left teaching in 1938 to care for her Aunt Fudge, who had cancer.
    On November 22, 1938 she married Clark Piper in Winnebago. The couple lived and farmed near Delavan for many years.  In 1953, she resumed teaching and attended college, getting her bachelor’s degree from Mankato State in 1960. She taught in Twin Lakes, Kiester, Delavan, Hayden, Arizona and Bricelyn (16 years). She loved teaching children. She was artistic, and enjoyed drawing, painting, writing poetry, directing plays and reading.
    Survivors include son, LaMar Piper and wife Sue and their sons Matthew, David, James and Zachary; daughter-in-law, Cecelia Piper and her sons Christopher and Ryan (Morgan) Piper; great grandson, Ryan; and many nieces, nephews and their families.
    Eva was preceded in death by her parents; her Aunt Fudge and Uncle Carl; brother, Elwin (Bunny) Hicks and wife Phil; sister, Lozira Wuerflein and husband Marlin; brother, Gerald Hicks and wife Evelyn; in-laws, I.L. and Katherine Piper; sister-in-law, Sister Mary Maurice O.S.M., brother-in-law, Claire (Spike) Piper and wife Geneva; niece, Sister Tressa Piper; nephews, Bradley Hicks, Philip Piper, Padric Piper; and by her husband and sons, Craig and Irving.
    Online condolences can be made at http://www.spencerowen.com.