On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, Eva Jewitt Bjork quietly passed away at 101 years old.
Eva was born on March 15, 1918, in Machias, Maine, to Willard and Izola Johnson, the youngest of 10 children. After high school, Eva found work as a secretary and eventually joined the Civil Service and worked in the Azores Islands, where she met her husband, Paul E. Bjork. They married and had two sons, Paul Jr. and David. Eva enjoyed telling people of her international travels with her military husband, a pilot in the Air Force. Finally, stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, Paul Sr. retired from the military. Eva had since become a paralegal secretary for prominent Sumter lawyer John Hoar and they worked together for 38 years, until both were in their upper 80s.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sr. in 1977; her son, Dr. Paul E Bjork Jr. in 2005; and all of her siblings.
Survivors include her son, David Bjork and wife, Dr. Debra Ann, of Blythewood; and her seven grandchildren, Jessica Bjork Davis (Stephen) of Merritt Island, Florida, Christopher Bjork (Mellisa), Anthony David Bjork (Katy) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Angela Bjork Scott (Clint) of Sumter, Tara Eve Bjork of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Kiera Bjork and Kiely Bjork, both of Laurinburg, North Carolina. There are also seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and greatnieces.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Crooked Run Baptist Church, 7978 S.C. 269, Winnsboro, SC 29180.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone at Brookdale Senior Assisted Living in Sumter, where Eva lived for three and a half years, until January 2018.
Many thanks also to NHC of Sumter for their excellent care during periods of rehab.
While finishing out her time with us all, Eva received loving care from Heartstrings Hospice of Columbia as well as Home Instead Home Care Service while living at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, David and Debbie.
God blessed Eva and the family with all of these loving caregivers.
Eva was very supportive of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Please send memorials in her honor to them.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
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