Eva Elizabeth Adell Saleeby
June 13, 1963 - November 6, 2016
Mrs. Eva Elizabeth “Beth” Adell Saleeby, age 53, a
resident of 3298 Yankee Hall Road, Greenville, died Sunday, November
6, 2016 at home.
A Celebration of Beth’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday,
November 10, 2016 in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist
Church in Washington. The family will receive friends following the
service in the Church parlor. Marc Brinn, Thack Cutler, Scott
Kendall, Mark McCroy, Aaron Mobley, Matt Powell and Scott Sheppard
will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Beth was born in Beaufort County on June 13, 1963. She was the
daughter of the late Eli Najeeb Saleeby and Leslie Davis Saleeby.
A graduate of Washington High School, Class of 1981, Beth went to
Peace College in Raleigh, NC. She continued her educational journey
by receiving a dual master’s in vocational rehabilitation services
and vocational evaluation from East Carolina University. She
completed supervision training through Rehabilitation Services
Administration (RSA) at Georgia State University. Beth was a retired
Unit Manager with the North Carolina Department of Vocational
Rehabilitation. Additionally, she served in leadership roles in area
vocational rehabilitation offices.
Beth was an active member of the North Carolina Rehabilitation
Association (NCRA) as well as the National Rehabilitation
Association (NRA), a member of the State Employees Association of
North Carolina (SEANC) where, as a former chair, she helped lead the
Employees Political Action Committee (EMPAC) to influence positive
change for disabled citizens throughout the state. She was also a
member of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women (NCFRW).
Locally, Beth was a member of the Washington Noon Day Rotary Club,
the Jaycees, and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She
also served on the Washington Recreation Advisory Committee.
Beth was active in the dance community and received honors in many
dance competitions as well as being recognized a finalist in the
Miss Teen North Carolina pageant.
On May 20, 2000, she married Jeffrey Lane Ford, who survives.
Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Courtney Laine Ford
of Lubbock, TX, Leanne Ford of Greenville, Shannon Elizabeth Ford of
Bath; three grandchildren, Neil Ryan Selby, Payton Nicole Shiver,
and Landon Trey Shiver; nephews, Sean and Kyle Saleeby and their
mother, Carol Saleeby; and many loving friends.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Saleeby was preceded in death by
her son, Eli Saleeby Lee and a brother, Charles Michael Saleeby.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Washington High
School Wrestling Team (Eli Saleeby Lee Memorial Wrestling
Tournament), 400 Slatestone Road, Washington, NC, 27889.
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