Eva Elwanda (Bates) Andrews, 97, of Madisonville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at her home. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Willowhole Cemetery in North Zulch. The Rev. Jim Jackson will officiate.
Elwanda, who was known to her family as “Nanny,” was born Dec. 26, 1920, in the Elwood Community to John Henry and Lily Bell (Seay) Bates. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jake Marshall Andrews; and her siblings, Trudy Bates Spivey, the Rev. Robert Bates, Mary Mabel Bates Tabb, Annie Bates Wells, Hattie Bates Black, Ford Bates, Viola Bates Eason, Pearl Bates Robinson and David Bates.
Nanny always had a bowl of candy on top of her refrigerator and made an awesome chocolate pie. At Christmas and Easter, she always had gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, at both her home and their home. Elwanda was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Madisonville, and when she was no longer able to attend in person, she faithfully listened to the services on the radio.
Elwanda is survived by her daughter, Judith Andrews Yarborough; her grandchildren, Melissa Elsie (Yarborough) McCauley and Marshall Byron Yarborough; her great-grandchildren, Eberle Elizabeth Yarborough and Drew Marshall Yarborough; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and family members.