Feb. 24, 1934 — Sept. 30, 2017

GLEN ROSE—A Celebration of Life for Eva Rae Hanke will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Rainbow Baptist Church. 

Eva was born in San Antonio, Texas and spent much of her childhood traveling to different cities and states with her parents that were in the carnival industry.  

As an adult, Eva spent 30 plus years living in the Dallas, Texas area.  Eva had a special interest in beauty pageants and spent many years as the owner of Internal Miss, a beauty pageant for young girls.  She turned her love of pageantry into a retail business when she opened a store called the Pageantry which specialized in pageant clothes and modeling lessons. She also directed several local pageants for the Miss Texas Pageant. 

Eva also enjoyed acting and had several small roles in locally shot television programs such as Dallas.  For many years, Eva had a wedding chapel and was an ordained minister.

After retiring from the Wedding business, Eva moved to Glen Rose, Texas where she met her dearest friends.  Eva was well known around town as the Teddy Bear lady for her passion of collecting Teddy Bears to distribute to local children at Christmas time.  She participated in many local activities such as the Red Hatters and the Lunch bunch.  Those who knew her well knew her biggest passion was searching for treasures at thrift stores and garage sales.

Eva is survived by her Daughter Tammy Nicholson and her husband Mark.  She is survived by 4 grandchildren, David Nicholson, Christopher Bistany, Matthew Nicholson and Spencer Nicholson.  She is also survived by her Nephew Michael Cockerham and her Niece Deidra Cockerham who loved her dearly and care for her with love and compassion.  She was preceded in death by her beloved son Todd Bistany.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Eva’s love of animals, the family is requesting donations of food and blankets for the local animal shelter.