Being the youngest of four kids, we lovingly gave Evie the nickname “Tiny Evie.” However, her personality was not tiny at all.
Evie was unapologetically herself. She believed people should be themselves and be proud of their individuality. She was shy but did not embarrass easily. She would often laugh and dance with her Mom when out shopping. Or beg to go to school in a cat onesie. She believed in comfort and did not understand why anyone would wear something that made them uncomfortable.
Evie had an empathetic nature and cared deeply for all creatures. Every animal or insect she saw was her “friend,” and she gave them all names. She saw all life as valuable. This carried over to her love of people. She would often find people that were bullied or alone and befriend them. She knew they needed to feel loved and gave it freely.
She had a great love of music. Her tastes ranged from KISS, to David Bowie, Metallica, Journey, Def Leppard all the way to My Chemical Romance and Green Day. She knew every fact about her favorite bands. When talking about songs, she could tell you what album the song was on and what year it was produced. She shared her love and knowledge of music through long conversations with friends and family. She dreamed of being on stage, and often practiced the electric guitar. Saturdays were spent with her Dad at the local store picking new CDs and talking about music.
Evie was an artist. She was creative and loved spending time doing arts and crafts projects with her family. She had great talent but was also a perfectionist. Being her own worst critic, she would often create a masterpiece and immediately throw it away. One of her favorite pieces was Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. She often recreated it for fun.
Evie also struggled with depression brought on by severe social anxiety. She died by suicide at the age of twelve on May 20, 2019. Evie lives on through the life lessons we are passing on in her honor: be true to yourself, be passionate about the things that are important to you and—above all—everyone deserves love and kindness.