Eva Dyson

Eva Dyson

Eva B. Dyson, a loving mother and devoted wife, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. She was 93.

She was born on April 23, 1926, to the late Ollie and Mary Farrare. She was the second oldest of 10 children.

She received her childhood education in Vienna, Maryland. During her younger years, she and her family moved to Philadelphia to seek better opportunities.

Through her older brother Andrew, she met the love of her life, William Dyson Sr., who was her brother’s best friend. During World War II they got married in 1944, while he was on furlough. They were married for 43 years until his death. From this union came four children.

Dyson was a loving and devoted wife and mother who enjoyed raising and educating her children and instilling lifelong values in them. She often attended family gatherings in Philadelphia and Vienna.

Her hobbies included cooking, sewing and watching soap operas and cooking shows. She was self-sufficient and independent until she turned 93 and became ill.

She was a faithful member of Haven Methodist Church in Philadelphia as a young woman. She later became a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. “Her faith was very strong even when she was down,” said her family in a tribute. “She loved us all.”

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Nora Shelton; sisters, Jennifer Farrare and Sylvia Shelton; and brothers Andrew, Oliver, Leon, Benjamin and Ross Ferrare.

She is survived by: her sisters, Hazel and Geraldine; sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Naomi; brother-in-law, Steven Simmons; son, William Dyson Jr.; daughter-in-law, Juanita Dyson; daughters, Gloria Alford and Shirley Taylor; brother-in-law, Berle Taylor Sr.; grandchildren, Linda Bickerstaff (Mark), Lisa Holt (Miles), Shirley Dyson, Ernest Shelton (Tymeka), Sharon Taylor and Berle Taylor jr. (Shayna); great-grandchildren, Doloris, Mark, Taylor, Glen, Chris, Ernest, Madison, Skylar and other family members.

Services were held on Jan. 4 at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 8501 Stenton Ave.

Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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