Eva was born in Hotchkiss on July 11, 1926, to Joseph and Francis Starkovich and was the oldest of five children. She attended schools in Hotchkiss.
Eva met L.J. McCarty and they were married at her family's home in Hotchkiss in August of 1942. They enjoyed 64 years together before L.J. passed away in July of 2010.
Eva was L.J.'s equal partner in building up a large farming operation in the day when women were expected to stay in the home doing "women's work." However, Eva was not a stay-in-the-house woman and was happiest working in the field driving tractor, plowing, planting and harvesting crops. She was the only woman that drove a wagon and team while hauling sugar beets dug by hand to the factory. By the time the sugar beet factory was taken out of Delta she had worked her way up to driving a semi truck and trailer piled high with some of the highest sugar content sugar beets on the Western Slope.
Although Eva worked hard in the fields farming, she was also able to have three children, sons Dwain and Larry and daughter Deanna Darlene. Farming was very time-consuming and hard work, but Eva managed to keep a house, help L.J. raise three children and still have time to help with their different projects in 4-H, including raising Angus cattle, Landrace pigs and Darlene's one lamb, which Eva made sure was repurchased at the livestock sale so Darlene's lamb would be spared from a dinner table!
Eva enjoyed flower gardening and planted a large vegetable garden for food for her family for many years. She also loved hunting with L.J. and riding horses and packing the meat out. But most of all, Eva enjoyed following her son Dwain's stock car racing career. She and L.J. rarely missed a race and often followed him to out-of-town races, always cheering loudly for #99 to the finish line. During Larry and Darlene's softball playing years you would see Eva and L.J. sitting in their car and honking the horn whenever a good play was made.
Eva loved snowmobiling more than anything she did her whole life. She and L.J. introduced hundreds of people to the sport, always willing to take them out and show them the best trails and ways to ride. Rare was the man who could out-handle or outride her. She was very strong and could pick up the back end of a snowmobile and toss it back onto the trail while waist deep in snow. ATVs took the place of snowmobiling in the summertime and she often came home from riding with goggle eyes — dirt on her face everywhere except behind where the lenses of goggles protected her. She was a real outdoorswoman her whole life.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband, L.J. McCarty; her only brother, Eldon Starko-vich; and two sisters from Michigan, Josephine Ferriby and Charlotte Pratt.
Eva has one surviving sister, Rose Mae Madaris and family from Fruita. Surviving are her sons Dwain McCarty and wife Loretta, and Larry McCarty and wife Debbie; a daughter, Deanna Darlene Skutchan and husband Dwain Bush; a sister-in-law, Billie Jean Starkovich and family; L.J.'s niece Florence Jones and family; six grandchildren, Clint Skutchan and wife Shelly, Travis McCarty and wife Tara, Tina Miller and husband Terry, Chantal Urquhart, Chelsea St. Peter and husband Josiah; eight great-grandchildren, Kennedy Skutchan, Trevor and Trent McCarty, Tatem and Kayla Miller, Shilo and Laurisa Thomas, and the youngest, Londyn St. Peter.
A service is planned for Saturday, March 23, at the Delta United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Delta United Methodist Church or Horizons Nursing Home in Eckert.
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