Eva Mae Pugh, who excelled at selling Tupperware products, shows off the fine jewelry she won at a national Tupperware meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Both Oris and Eva Mae Pugh, pictured in the 1940s, were born in West Virginia. They moved to Lorain along with a large portion of the population of Webster Springs, W.Va., in the early 1950s in hopes of finding jobs.
Eva Mae Pugh and her children, pictured some time after her husband, Oris, died in 1986. Seated from left: Edward, Ronald and Larry. Standing: James, Eva, Regina and Michael.
Leonard Kopowski, regional vice president for Tupperware, honors Eva Mae Pugh at a regional sales meeting. At the podium in the background is Gaylin Olson, a former Tupperware president.
Eva Mae Pugh, center, became a mentor to other Tupperware representatives. "She was like a mother hen, taking care of her baby chicks," said colleague Nora Ritter. "Her customers and her team --- They were her baby chicks."
Eva Mae Pugh kept a “before” photo of herself taken on Feb. 20, 1964, when she started the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) program, to remind herself of when she weighed 268½ pounds and wore a size 30½ dress. She ended up losing more than 100 pounds.
Eva Mae Pugh, shown blowing out candles on a cake at a TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) celebration in the 1960s, lost more than 100 pounds as a result of the TOPS weight-loss program. Her weight fluctuated over the years.
Eva Mae and Oris Pugh were married for 40 years and were the parents of six children.
Eva Mae Pugh, right, and her sister-in-law Sylvie Reynolds in the late 1940s.
Eva Mae Fisher, right, and a friend in the mid-1940s.
Eva Mae Pugh directed activities for her apartment complex at the Firelands Retirement Center.
Eva Mae Pugh, right, at her grandson's wedding in the 1990s. The bride and groom are Leslie and Mike Pugh.
Eva Mae Pugh plants a kiss on her son, Michael, at his wedding in 1970.
Oris and Eva Mae Pugh at their home on West Erie Ave. in Lorain. They had been married for 40 years when Oris died in August 1986 at the age of 65.
Eva Mae Fisher in the mid-1940s.
Eva Mae Pugh, who did not drive a car, counted on her husband, Oris, to chauffeur her to Tupperware parties. "Dad wasn't in Tupperware, but he might as well have been," said their son Michael.
Eva Mae Pugh shows off a couple of games that she received from Tupperware.
Eva Mae Pugh, right, was named "Top Manager" at a national Tupperware meeting in Orlando, Fla.