Eva Pearl Fitzpatrick

Thursday, May 2, 2002

Eva Pearl Fitzpatrick, 80, of Shell Knob, Mo., died Thursday, April 25, 2002, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo.

She was born June 28, 1921, in Odessa, Mo., the daughter of Leonard T. and Pearl Bogar Alkire.

She received her education in Odessa, Mo., where she graduated from high school and then attended two years of college.

On Aug. 14, 1953, in Des Moines, Iowa, she married Alvin Joseph Fitzpatrick. After their marriage, she and her husband lived in Kansas City, Mo., where they started their family. In 1968, they moved to Shell Knob. They owned and operated Fitz's Fish N Fun Resort, retiring at the end of 1976.

She was a member of Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, and attended Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob. She was also a member of Central Crossing Association Ladies' Auxiliary and was active in getting the community building built.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 9, 1990. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include a son, Mike Fitzpatrick and wife Sandy of Shell Knob; a stepson, Robert Fitzpatrick of New York, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Donna Pauler of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Lauren, Ryan and Scott Fitzpatrick; two brothers, Taylor Alkire of Gower, Mo., and Tennys Alkire of Prairie Village, Kan.; and a sister, Lee Gibson of Kansas City, Mo.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, April 28, in Painter Cemetery, under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob, with the Rev. John Duncan officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Shell Knob Fire Department, or to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.