Eva "Eve" Sothern Page, neé Anderson, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2023, in Charlottesville, Va. at the age of 102.
Born in Bethesda, M.d. on December 11, 1920, she was raised in Kensington, M.d. and Washington, D.C. In 1944, she married the love of her life, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant William (Bill) Randolph Page in San Diego, Calif. and honeymooned at the historic Hotel del Coronado. After WWII ended, the young couple resided in Northern Va. for several years, where she was employed at the C & P Telephone company in Washington, D.C. After the birth of their children, William Randolph, Joyce, and Philip, she became a homemaker. The family moved to Charlottesville in 1958 where she continued to reside for the rest of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Randolph Page of Washington, D.C., who died in 1976, and her parents, Richard Sothern Anderson and Eva Estelle Rothery; as well as her sister, Anna Virginia Hendricks of Bellingham, Wash.; her brother, Richard Sothern Anderson, Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; and her son-in-law, Richard "Rick" Brandt of Crozet, Va.
She is survived by her son, William Randolph “Randy” Page (Paula Rowan Page) of Charlottesville, her daughter Joyce Page Brandt (Randy Stover) of Crozet, Va., and her son, Philip Sothern Page (Dr. Jutta-Annette Page) of Charlottesville. She leaves behind four grandchildren who were the light of her life: Christopher Page (Anna Knecht) of Richmond, Va., Dr. Lydia Brandt (Jake Erwin) of Greenville, S.C., Timothy Page (Tina Cunningham) of Maui, Hawaii, and Austin Brandt (Holly Fuller) of Arlington, Va. Eva was also blessed with four great-grandchildren, William and Bennett Page of Richmond, Va. and Jack and Isla Page of Maui, Hawaii.
Eva, Bill, and her three young children moved to Charlottesville, Va. in 1958 to become involved in the Page family business, Page Florist and Greenhouses established in the 1870's and located on The Corner at 14th St. Eva spent many holidays working at the florist and loved creating beautiful floral arrangements for the community. After her husband died in 1976, she devoted much of her next 30 years to volunteer work. She served at Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Customer Service desk, spent 10 years volunteering at Our Lady of Peace in "Our Little Shop" and as an elections official for the City of Charlottesville in the Fry’s Spring area for 32 years.
Her loving grandchildren also kept her busy and gave her many cherished memories of watching their sports activities, celebrating their accomplishments, playing board games, and beating them at cards. She loved sewing clothes, quilting, playing bridge, word puzzles, cards, board games and always enjoyed working in her garden.
Eva was very grateful to her three children and their partners for facilitating her wish to remain in her own home, where she has resided since 1958. She wanted to acknowledge Paula Rowan Page for her health care guidance and to Jutta-Annette Page for her many delicious weekend dinners in her final years.
Eva was an exceptional mother and loved dearly by her extended family. A private service will be held at Monticello Memorial Gardens. Donations in her honor can be made to Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville or the charity of your choice.
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