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Eva Mari Black

June 25, 1968 — November 19, 2020

Eva Mari (Cawthra) Black, beloved sister, step-mother, friend, and confidant, passed away on November, 19, 2020. She was 52.

Eva was born June 25, 1968 in Spokane, Washington & brought home by her adoptive parents, Gerald S. and Rozella Cawthra. She was her family’s bright light. After attending Auburn Academy, she worked in the Seattle area, most notably, at the Pacific Science Center. Eva eventually moved eastward, finally settling in Council Bluffs, Iowa. There, she met the love of her life, Jim Black. They married in 2001 & spent 11 happy years together before his death in 2012.

Eva worked for Decker Plastics as the logistics manager. An employee since 2007, she was a well-known face and voice to clients. Eva will be remembered by her colleagues for her warm smile & quirky humor. She was also active in animal rescue and care. Eva loved animals and enjoyed few things more than bringing comfort and joy to her furry companions. Her generosity, acceptance, and inner strength will be sorely missed.

In addition to her parents, Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Black; her sister, Gloria Jean (Cawthra) Lane; and niece, Arletta (Lane) Naylor.

She is survived by her siblings, Kipton Cawthra, Terresa Cawthra-Cornelius, and Benjamin Cawthra; mother-in-law Ednah Black; 2 step-children; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchilden, and a host of other friends and family. She will be especially missed by companion, Roger Evans and her beloved “Midwest Family”.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Eva’s life will be scheduled in the spring. Meanwhile, share memories or photos of Eva on the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home Memorial page. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Eva Black’s name to the Humane Society.


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