Eva Valerie Jalajas Price
Eva Valerie Jalajas Price died of a rare form of lymphoma on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Vidant In-patient Hospice in Greenville. She was born on June 14, 1978 in Somerville, N.J. to Arvo and Helga Jalajas
Eva graduated from Western Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Physical Education. As a former accomplished gymnast she enjoyed and excelled at the sport of pole vaulting while at WCU. She became a full-time instructor at East Carolina University’s Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance. She loved teaching and mentoring her students during her time at ECU. She designed and implemented the home-school physical education program operated by that department. In addition, Eva enjoyed teaching and volunteering at Rose’s School of Gymnastics for many years. It was clear to everyone that Eva loved what she did but by far her most meaningful and cherished work was raising her three young children.
Eva is survived by her husband David T. Price Jr.; and her three children, daughters Lily and Willow; and son, Rivers. Also surviving are her grandmother, Oma Willy Fransz of Hopewell, Va.; brother, Hans Jalajas and wife, Jenny James, of Cary; sister, Suzanne Haraputczyk of Hellertown, Pa.; brothers, Pete Jalajas and wife, Robin Jalajas, of Newburyport, Mass., David Jalajas and wife, Claudine Jalajas, of Rocky Point, N.Y., and Erik Jalajas and wife, Janet Jalajas, of Lawrenceville, N.J. Also surviving are her parents in law, Dr. David T. Price Sr. and Ginger Price of Greenville. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.
She was inspirational to all who knew her and faced adversity with courage, strength and grace. Her children will miss her affectionate hugs and kisses and, like all of us, will miss her sense of humor, her smile and laughter, her kindness and creativity.
Special appreciation is given to the staff of Duke Cancer Center, the staff of 9100 Duke Cancer floor, and the staff of Vidant In-patient Hospice.
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