Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:24 PM
Eva was an amazing woman.. .what a fighter! She almost died of heart failure nearly a decade ago, and fought back fiercly. I had the fortune of getting to know her after that and she still had quite zest for life and a wonderful fiery personality. The first time I met her was soon after her heart attack, and I expected to see a frail, old woman in a wheel chair... but she was running about the house, making sure Loran got his lunch on time, and keeping him on schedule etc... she had to take care of him, too, during his brief illness, despite her own medical problems. And she continued to travel with him for years after that.
She not only was a plant lover herself and seemed to enjoy their amazing garden and incredible collection of plants (she had a lot of her own favorites), but had her own hand in collecting things as well: one of the most amazing Tiffany lamp and art collections I have ever seen, amazing art all over the house, and seemed to know a lot about style and art (I was too ignorant in those areas to test her or embarrass myself by trying to discuss these things with her, though).
I feel I was lucky to have met her, and priveledged to have been invited into her home and treated with so much kindness. I am saddened by her passing and knowing Loran will miss her terribly.