Our beloved Eve was born 43 years ago today—November 4, 1974—at Boston Lying-In Hospital in Boston, MA. It was a beautiful warm autumn day with the leaves at their most stunning coppery peak. Today, we are remembering her and the legacy that lives on through Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives—a non-profit her family created in her name and memory.
Most of you never met Eve, so there is no way to ever truly appreciate her beauty, laugh, talent, energy and spirit. Her life on earth was short but full and her accomplishments were remarkable. To convey her essence, we’ve tried to tell the story of her life story through a memorial website—EveCrowell.com. Please visit if you haven’t already.
Eve Erin Crowell
November 4, 1974~February 24, 2005
Since Eve is no longer with us, it is impossible to give her a “physical” birthday gift, but here are some gift ideas I thought we could all consider.
I have had this inspirational wall hanging in my bathroom for years. I can’t remember where I bought it—perhaps at a yard sale—but it was long before Eve was born. Whenever we moved, it went with me and I always hung where I could see it first thing in the morning.
As Eve got older, she often quoted aloud, the actions suggested on the hanging. At the same time, she complained: “Mom, why are you trying to be so perfect? There is no way you can do all these things in one day. Why are you trying to be so nice to everyone?
Those of you who knew Eve are probably not surprised by her criticism, especially at the idea of her mom trying to be a “better” person. She always told me I was the “best” person she knew, so in her eyes, I couldn’t be better.
Eve was by no means perfect and she made a lot of mistakes, but the truth is that she tried to live a good life. She had a big heart and a generous spirit. She could be kind and gentle; she laughed again and again; she was a loyal friend; she encouraged youth and she spoke her love.
So, on this day, help us celebrate Eve’s birth, by remembering her and these inspirations. And by all means, leave us a message in her memorial guest book (see below) and let us know what gifts you gave others.
Warm thanks to all of you for helping us keep Eve’s memory alive.
Happy Birthday Eve!
ABOUT EVE’S FUND
Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that promotes literacy, injury prevention and education among young Native Americans. Dr. Robert M. Crowell founded Eve’s Fund in 2005 in memory of his daughter, Eve Erin Crowell. Since that time, the organization has developed strong community partnerships and created literacy, prevention and education programs impacting over 50,000 Native children and young adults. For more information, go to Evesfund.org.
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