Elva Pearl Greenup was born in Everett, Washington on November 26, 1929, the eldest daughter of Harry and Olive Greenup. She grew up and attended schools in nearby Snohomish, Washington with her two sisters, Vera and Ardis. Her family were members of the Snohomish Free Methodist Church. Elva met Orrin Hall of Seattle on a blind double date and they married in 1947. Soon after their marriage they moved to South Carolina, where Orrin was stationed with the United States Air Force and where their son, Barry, and daughter, Barbara, were born. After returning to the Seattle area, they settled in Edmonds, Washington, where their son Brent was born.
Elva worked for many years as a secretary in the Edmonds School District. She loved working with middle school students and particularly enjoyed her time as the counselor’s secretary, taking a caring interest in kids who found their way to the counselor’s office. Orrin and Elva were founding members of the Lynnwood Free Methodist church, where they served faithfully in various capacities and made lifelong friends.
Elva was a gifted seamstress, sharing her sewing talents with various charities, and an excellent cook, famous for her carrot cake and Nanaimo bars. Thanks to her remarkable gardening skills, roses, fuchsias, hydrangeas and more grew abundantly in her garden, making it a creative space of color and beauty. Elva liked math and numbers, proving to be a formidable opponent or a valuable teammate in card and strategy games. She also enjoyed camping and traveling with the family, including a tour of Europe. After retiring, Orrin and Elva spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona, traveled extensively across the US, and assisted with relief projects organized by Samaritan’s Purse. They also helped at Rancho Betania Free Methodist Conference Center in Mexico.
In 1991, Orrin and Elva moved to Port Orchard on the Kitsap peninsula, where they built a home that was a place of welcome and hospitality for family and friends. Orrin died in 2018, after celebrating his 90th birthday and their 70th wedding anniversary. Elva died on December 10, 2020. She is survived by her 3 children and their spouses: Barry (Sharon) Hall, Barb (Fred) Powless , and Brent (Jennie) Hall; 5 granchildren: Brenda Ellis, Brian Hall, Tiffany Butler, Lisa Yoder, and David Hall; and 7 great grandchildren. Her love for Jesus, her gift of encouragement, her devotion to His Word, and her faithful witness to His saving and sustaining grace blessed all who knew her.