Eve Allen Riel Hannahs
July 10, 1920
November 16, 2016
Physically you have left us, yet you are never far away. For every flower that blossoms, every plant that grows. Every caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, and every kitten that becomes a cat. These are all reminders of you. Nature should have been your middle name. The woods should have been your home. For you were nature and nature was you. You were compassionate but sometimes so difficult to understand. Yet I suppose you didn’t understand some of us either. For in the end what really mattered, washing dishes or planting a seed. Petting a cat or sweeping a floor?
You travelled the world. Africa was your favorite place. When you got off the train and they called out your name, “Mama,” “Mama”, a fond memory that always brought a smile to your face. Florida and Wisconsin were home to you. After graduating from Mainland, Class of “38” you went to Bingham Young University on an Art Scholarship. From there to the Navy. Hawaii where you learned the hula and how to make leis. Wisconsin where you were the glamour girl in the follies. The president of the Kenosha Hospital Auxillary and one of the founders of the Kenosha Humane Society. You took courses in photography and became a published photographer. Your love of sewing led to advance classes and you even learned how to upholster furniture. When Dad, Bert Riel, got his cabin cruiser you took lessons with him and also got your captains license. Our family spent wonderful times on Lake Michigan together and with friends. Back to Florida for the winter in Boca Raton, Garden Clubbing, and deep sea fishing. You became a botanist and a bird watcher. Summers in the north woods of Wisconsin and a carpenters license so you could work along with the professionals when you added a house to your cabin in Calm Lake. Finally you journeyed back to the Daytona area and moved to Ormond Beach with your late husband, Bob Hannahs. Bob and his late wife Faith were best friends from Kenosha. Faith, an artist was also creative and your partner in so many of your endeavors. In Ormond you were involved with the Garden Club of Halifax Co. The wildlife Federation of Endangered Species and worked to save the Fl. Panther. You lobbied in Tallahassee for another’s choice of the Colliest Flower to become the state wildflower on our license plate.
Now you are in heaven, helping the Angels decorate for the most blessed holiday of the year. You got there just in time to make certain everything would be just right and when we hear, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” we will celebrate your homecoming with your family and friends. Merry Christmas Grandma EVE! Joy to you and Joy to the World, and sleep in heavenly peace.
Eve joins her loved ones, her parents, Joseph and Eva Durrance Allen; Husband, Bert Riel and Bob Hannahs (Faith); Grandson, Lawrence Monberg III; Son-in-Law, Don Seps ; Brother, Joe (Jane) Allen and Niece, Marcia Allen.
She leaves behind; Daughter, Judy Seps and Laurie Riel; Nancy Hannahs (Who was like a daughter to her); Grandchildren, Christopher Monberg; Great-grandchildren, Lawrence Monberg IV and Jacob Monberg; Cousin, Marjorie Durrance Kinney and many nieces and nephews.
Dearest friends; Peggy McMurray, Adriene Rivera and Jeannie Nichols.
Dearest neighbors; John Akers family and Janice Buffington Marino.
Her Beloved Pets; Her sweet little dog, Nino and her beautiful rescue cat, Sheba.
Donations may be made to the following: Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare of Volusia Co., P.O. Box 214896, S. Daytona, FL 32121.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.