MARTIN, FLA. - Mrs. Eva Rawlings, 93, a longtime resident of and school teacher in Niles, died Oct. 8, 2012, at Treasure Coast Hospice, Martin County, Fla.
She was born on March 18, 1919, and moved to Florida seven years ago to be with her son and his family.
Mrs. Rawlings had an exceptionally distinguished background of service. She graduated Kent State University with a bachelor of science degree in education. For 30-plus years, Eva taught first grade in Niles City Schools, giving countless children their beginning education and love of learning. Every student was precious and important to her.
One of her greatest services during this period of her life was that of a mentor to new teachers, teaching them to transmit a real respect and love for learning to their students.
She also served our country during World War II as a naval inspector of ordnance at U.S. Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif. She demanded perfection in the ordnance or it was not passed for use. She may have saved the lives of many American servicemen.
One indication of Eva's true leadership was her true love and respect for the environment long before it became "trendy." She was an avid gardener and cared about the health of this earth.
She leaves her son, L. Duffield "Duff' (Gail) Rawlings II of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Loyal Duffield Rawlings III of Hobe Sound and Sarah (Adam) Temple of Miami. She has also left a brand-new addition to the family, her great-grandchild, Morgan Annabelle Temple.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Loyal Rawlings.
Eva Rawlings is mourned by her loving family and friends. She will be missed.