Eva Lena Bright, of Niles

Published 8:18am Friday, May 2, 2014

Sept. 5, 1946 — April 28, 2014

Eva Lena Bright, 67, of Niles, died on Monday morning, April 28, 2014, at her home, unexpectedly but of natural causes.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1946, in Duechars, Indiana, to Willie A. and Mary E. (Parks) Wallbrown. She was graduated from Leavenworth (Indiana) High School, and had attended Oakland City (Indiana) University. She was first employed as a civilian at the United States Army Post at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and later by the Indiana Census Bureau.

In 1986, she moved to Niles, and was employed at the Prime Table Restaurant.

Eva attended Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Niles. She enjoyed writing poetry and reading mysteries. Her greatest joy was her role as a mother and grandmother to the families in her neighborhood.

On April 4, 1987 in Leavenworth she married Donald W. Bright, Jr. with whom she celebrated three weeks ago the twenty-seventh anniversary of their wedding. She is also survived by her mother, Mary Wallbrown of Leavenworth; a brother, Ronnie Wallbrown of English, Indiana and sister, Ruth Faye (Michael) Watson of Central, Indiana; several nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Lena Mae Parks Cox of Leavenworth.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willie A. Wallbrown, and by a sister-in-law, Vera Culbertson (Mrs. Ronnie) Wallbrown; and by two nephews.

The funeral service for Eva Bright will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Fletcher McAfee of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church officiating assisted by Eva’s nephew, the Rev. Travis Wallbrown of the Hilltop Pentecost Church in Bedford, Indiana. Burial will be private on Monday at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at noon on Saturday at the funeral home.


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