MAJESKY, Eve Hilton, 88, a native of Wheeling, WV, died Friday, September 13, 2013, at Solomons Nursing Center, Solomons, MD.
Born in Wheeling on June 7, 1925, she was the younger daughter of Walter Burton and Leah Davis Hilton. She was the great- granddaughter and granddaughter of Union Army veterans of the Civil War: William Davis and Samuel Powell Davis.
Eve graduated from Triadelphia High School, class of 1942, and attended WVU for two years, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
In his youth, her father had been a newspaperman, working for The Intelligencer, first as a reporter, then as an editorial writer. Following in his footsteps, she worked as a reporter for a couple of years for The Intelligencer.
She loved it and was encouraged by the city editor with an occasional by-line. The Intelligencer was and is a morning paper. In her day, reporters worked from 3-4 p.m. to 11-midnight. The schedule limited her social life, so she reluctantly left the paper and worked as a secretary for the law firm of Schmidt, Hugus and Lass until her marriage.
She was a member of the Junior League of Wheeling and of the Cedar Twig of Ohio Valley General Hospital (now Ohio Valley Medical Center). During WWII, she volunteered as a Red Cross Nurses’ Aide, serving at OVGH. Eve was an Episcopalian.
On June 16, 1949, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, she married John E. Majesky, ENS, USN, also of Wheeling. As a Navy wife, she lived in CA, FL, TX, RI, ME, NC, MD and VA.
She continued to volunteer for the Red Cross and added the Girl Scouts and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society to her interests.
After retiring from the Navy, John had a second career with Northrop Aviation, which took them back to FL. They lived in the Sunshine State for 18 years, returning to southern MD in 1997.
During her later years in MD, Eve was a member of St. Mary’s County Historical Society and the Sotterley Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of an early 18th century (1717) manor house and plantation on the banks of the Patuxent River.
When Maryland was a British colony, Sotterley was a port of entry and a target for raids by pirates. It was the ancestral home of the third governor of MD, George Plater. Among the structures on the property is a rare, intact slave cabin. Sotterley is on the National Register of Historic Places.
John, her husband of 51 years, died in 2001. Eve returned to her native Ohio Valley in 2005 where she was a resident of The Welty Home.
In addition to her parents and her husband, John Majesky, CDR, USN (Ret), she was preceded in death by her sister, Ardath Hilton Reymann.
Eve is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Sandra Jane McCracken Majesky of Callaway, MD; two grandsons, Patrick John Majesky, Tech Sgt, USAF, Elgin AFB, FL and Edward H. Majesky, Jr., U.S. Merchant Marine, NY, NY; a niece, Elizabeth K. Reymann of Wheeling; and a sister-in- law, Roberta M. Horan of Indianapolis, IN.
There will be no visitation. Services will be private at the convenience of the family with Rev. Mark E. Seitz officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Altmeyer Funeral Home and Crematory, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyer.com.