Beloved community member died in hospice on the same day the tornado tore through



While pieces of plywood and the roof rest above the ground, there is a hole in the hearts of those who live in The Fairways in Eagle Ridge. Just hours after a hurricane swept through the community, at around 6 a.m., one of its oldest and most beloved residents passed away.

Evie Bezdeicheck’s death was what created that hole. She died in the hospice around 11 a.m. The people who lived there nicknamed the tornado “Evie” and said that this was her way of saying goodbye to them.

Damage is easily visible, but blowing force behind it? It was… “this is what the lord is doing, and it’s wondrous to see.”

In a video shot before her death, she is saying her famous prayer. Her son says it’s for those who need it most. John Bezdeicheck, Evie’s son, said: “She said, ‘oh, I made it, and you don’t know who needs it most’.

The people who need it most now are her neighbors, whose homes have been badly damaged. But Evie was lucky because they understood.

Paul Smithers lives in The Fairways at Eagle Ridge. “Evie talked to us. Evie wanted us to know that it was time to go,” Smiths said.

Nancy Smith-Gambaiani said that Evie had no intention of making such a mess. She just wanted to be remembered. “I know she has no intention of all this destruction. But she just wanted to make sure we remember her, and we certainly will,” she said.

They treat each fallen tree and the loss of that shingle as a memory. All show that Evie is a force to be reckoned with.

“She just reminds me of a mom and just loves to play cards, like I said she loves her Bud Light,” Smith-Gambaiani said. “She will go anywhere as long as she can get her to the bright lights,” Smithers said, laughing.

John, and his wife Therese, said that because his mother could not be there, she made her presence known. “Evie liked being in Florida, and she couldn’t be here, so she went out with a bang,” they said.

And, sure enough, she accomplished her goal. Evie won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

“This we ask in the name of the Lord, amen.”

Evie is sure to leave a lasting impact on her community. And, thankfully, no one was hurt in this tornado.

Cleaning crews arrived to begin the process of taping the roof and clearing debris. And, there’s a long road ahead, but with Evie’s spirit watching over them, the neighborhood knows the cleanup will be quick.

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Aila Slisco

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