Aileen Irvin Tarver passed away on Thursday, November 13 at Sunnybrook Rehabilitation at the age of 88. Aileen was born in Knoxville TN to Stella and Horace Irvin. She graduated from Knoxville High School, which she attended with Patricia Neal.
Aileen worked in the business office of the Knoxville telephone company. Aileen was an officer in the South Knoxville Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a long-time member of Beta Sigma Phi, starting with the Beta Kappa Chapter in Knoxville and then the Theta Master Chapter in Raleigh.
Aileen married Fred R. Tarver Jr. on June 10, 1950. They were married for 51 years until Fred's death in 2001.
After Fred's retirement from the Department of Food Science at N.C. State University, the couple worked with Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (VOCA) in such countries as Finland, Tunisia, Bolivia, Ukraine and Moldova to help develop and improve poultry processing industries. They also enjoyed more time in their high country home and antiquing. Aileen also enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Capital Quilters Guild.
After Fred's death, Aileen continued her volunteer work at their church, Highland United Methodist, working with Habitat For Humanity, taking many annual mission trips to Guyana, and gleaning sweet potato fields. At the Whitaker Mill Senior Center, Aileen worked with Meals on Wheels and Resources for Seniors. She received the Unsung Hero Award for her efforts with Meals on Wheels. Aileen served on Raleigh's Senior Corps Advisory Council in 2008 and as the treasurer for the Carolina LST Association.
Aileen is predeceased by her husband, parents and brother, Robert. She leaves three children to cherish her memory, Russell (Carla), Fred, and Martha (Sal), and two grandchildren, Matias and Cassandra.
A visitation will be held at Haywood Funeral Home on Monday, November 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be performed at Highland United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 18 at 1 p.m. followed by a private burial beside her beloved husband in the veterans section of Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Aileen to Meals on Wheels of Wake County, Highland United Methodist Church, and the Fred R. Tarver, Jr. Scholarship Fund at the NCSU Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences.