While in Mesa Arizona my husband built many homes and was teacher of the High Priests in our ward. I was Relief Society magazine agent and visiting teacher. We both went to the Mesa Temple many hundreds of times, - one winter we were given a specific assignment of work in the Temple.
After my husbandís death in Twin Falls January 7, 1959, I sold my home, and went to Mesa for about a year and a half. Then I came to Buhl, to be near Eileen and Wade Quigley. My three daughters were married in the temple.
November 5, 1961 I was called as a Twin Falls Stake missionary, and was released November 17, 1963. My present church activities are Relief Society visiting teacher, and M.I.A. Attendance Secretary. I love to travel and visit my four brothers and three sisters, and all my children and their families and other relatives.
I have many happy memories of the wonderful trips Bing and I enjoyed, taking our small vacation trailer and leisurely enjoying some of the scenic beauties of this choice land.
Thus I will close this epistle with a bit of wit - from an anonymous poet:
How do I know my youth is all spent?
Well, my get up and go has got up and went.
But in spite of it all I am able to grin
When I think of the places my get-up has been.
Old age is golden, Iíve heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
My eyes on the table until I wake up.
Ere sleep dims my eyes I say to myself
Is there anything else I should leave on the shelf?
And Iím happy to say as I close my door
ďMy friends are the same or much, much more!Ē
Funeral Life History
Written by Randall Lee Quigley, Grandson
Given by Sister Lorraine Baggett
Eva Luella Heaps Freeman was born at home, September 10, 1902 in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah. She was the third child and the third daughter of Benjamin Franklin Heaps and Ann Eva Dittmore, who were parents of eleven children. She attended school in Butlerville, Utah and graduated from the 8th grade at Granite, Utah. Eva was unable to continue her schooling after the 8th grade, but was taught well by her mother, who was a school teacher prior to her marriage.
Eva was an avid reader and sought to improve herself throughout her life by study and application. She took great pride in her spelling, grammar, and English. Eva was thrilled once when someone thought she was a school teacher because of the ability to express herself so well. By accepting positions in the Church, Eva became an excellent teacher in Primary, MIA, and Relief Society and a faithful Visiting Teacher until her health failed. Eva loved the Relief Society sisters, wherever she lived, and treasured their friendship.
Her first church assignment came when she was 14 years old. She was asked to be the Assistant Secretary of the Religion Class in the Granite Ward, Granite, Utah.
Eva loved to sing; and always sang in the Relief Society Singing Mothers and Ward Choirs. Her daughters have fond memories of the love and spirit she brought into her home through her singing.
While in early teens, Evaís family moved throughout Southern Idaho. First to Blackfoot, then Twin Falls, and finally resided at Pocatello. In Twin Falls, while working in Varneyís ice cream and candy store Eva met Lee Allen Blackmer, who later became her husband. He had two children by his previous marriage, Juanita May and William Allen Blackmer, who were raised, loved and mothered as if they were her own. Bill and Nita joined the church and were married in the temple. In their later lives they bore testimony that it was through Evaís example and teachings that they were able to enjoy the blessings of the gospel in their lives and in the lives of their children.
Lee and Eva moved to Pocatello where three daughters came to bless their home: Shirley Ellen, Martha Eileen, and Claudia Lee. In 1939 they were divorced and Eva took her three daughters and moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where she and her brother Lewis Heaps operated Heaps Ice Cream Shop, next to the Orpheum Theater.
In the fall of 1940, Eva met E. Bingham Freeman, a widower with seven children, five still living at home. After a brief courtship, they married March 4, 1941 in the salt Lake temple. At that time, she and her three daughters were sealed to Bing Freeman and they became part of the Freeman family.
For over three years Eva worked as a coworker with Bing when he was Stake Genealogical Chairman for the twin Falls Stake. She supported him wholeheartedly as he served in the bishopric of the twin Falls 1st Ward and in all his other church assignments throughout their lives.
In 1948 they began to travel back and forth to Mesa, Arizona in time for Claudia and Grant to attend school. During the winter he would build and sell homes and the family would return to Twin Falls in the summer where he would continue his carpenter trade.
During that time they enjoyed square dancing and also they received a special appointment to do sealings and endowments on Thursday of each week in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They were given special commendation by the temple presidency for having completed over 3,000 sealings and endowments.
In December, 1959, after a lengthy illness, Bing passed away in the home in Twin Falls, Idaho. During these three years Eva tenderly cared for Bing. The doctor remarked that the care given him far exceeded anything he had seen in his experience.
Shortly after his death, Evaís health began to fail. She was in and out of the hospital in Arizona and when her health was restored sufficiently, returned to live near her daughter Eileen and her husband Wade Quigley in Buhl, Idaho.
In 1962 she served a Stake Mission which brought her a great deal of joy and happiness. Her children and grandchildren were her main interest in her declining years, and her family fondly remembers her excellent cooking skills and her ability to make home a loving place.
In 1977, she entered into the Harralís Nursing Home where she resided until her death February 5, 1985. She is survived by one brother, Lewis D. Heaps of Sacramento, California; three daughters, Shirley Ellen Tyler of Walla Walla, Washington, Martha Eileen Quigley of Buhl, Idaho, and Claudia L. Vance of Provo, Utah; five stepsons, Karl C. Freeman and L. Wardell Freeman, both of Twin Falls, Idaho, Dean L. Freeman, Don M. Freeman and J. Grant Freeman, all of California; two stepdaughters, Fae L. Horspool and S. Elaine McNutt, both of California; and 16 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers and sisters, her husband, two stepchildren, [a son-in-law], and one grandson.