Eva Wallin Ellman

June 1, 1942 - July 22, 2020
Eva Wallin Ellman

Eva Wallin Ellman, age 78 of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center.

Eva Ellman was born Eva Wallin in Lund, Sweden on June 1, 1942. Her family, parents Jenny and Gustav, and older sister Lisa, emigrated to the United States in 1946. They settled in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. Eva graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1960 and went to work as a secretary at International Harvester. There she met her husband of 56 years, Rich Ellman. Eva stopped working for several years to raise her family – daughter Lisa was born 11/5/1964, and daughter Chrissy was born 6/29/1968. The family moved from the Chicago suburbs to West Palm Beach, FL in 1979 where Eva worked for a real estate company part time. In 1982 the family moved to Charlotte, NC where she worked at CF Airfreight until she retired in 1992. After moving to Lake Norman, Eva began working part time at the Needlecraft Center in Davidson, NC. When she and Rich moved to Wilmington, Eva became highly involved in a network of knitters, who became her best friends.

Eva’s main passion, after her family, has always been knitting. She was a self proclaimed “KnitKnut” and left her mark wherever she went. Everyone loved Eva – her super witty sense of humor, brilliant mind, and incredible talent for knitting and crocheting. She could knit a pair of socks in a few hours.

Even after her Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis, Eva fought for 11 months, doing everything she was told, and maintained her high spirits and sense of humor. The latter being a bit warped in the best possible way. She will be missed by so many.

Because of Covid the Family will not be having any services at this time but after this pandemic they will have a celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests a donation to lifecare.org (Hospice) or www.pancan.org (pancreatic cancer site).

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099


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  • July 25, 2020
    Marina Nielsen lit a candle:
    Lit since July 25, 2020 at 7:03:22 AM

  • July 24, 2020
    Bonnie Rosenmeier says:
    I am so sad but feel so lucky to have had Eva in my life! She was so good and so funny and so talented and all the positive things one wishes to be. You will always be remembered with love.

  • July 24, 2020
    Peggy Germano says:
    Eva a dear friend always compassionate ,kind, helpful and I could go on and on. Eva was a God send to all ..and when she wasn’t at the knit shop everyone would ask where’s Eva? Her quick wit and sense of humor was contagious! She will be missed and I know never forgotten ,a gift to all . Better to have known her she is my angel!

  • July 24, 2020
    Tracey Kruger says:
    I was so blessed to have met Ms. Eva when she came to knit with her friends in our coffee shop each Tuesday. She was truly such a lovely person, and she will be greatly missed.

  • July 24, 2020
    Nancy Freiburger says:
    I met Eva only 1 1/2 years ago. Her beautiful smile and engaging eyes were amazing. Then I began to see her funny wit and kind heart. I will always remember her telling me about how she and Rich met. Her eyes lit up, her smile went from ear to ear, and the love that she had for him radiated. She was so proud of her two daughters and told me all about them. And of course one day she surprised me with a pair of knit gloves which I treasure. My thoughts and prayers for the family and friends. She touched so many lives and made everyone feel happy!