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Park statue celebrates Evelyn Millerís memory
Charles City Press ^ | December 18, 2005 | Jennifer Meyer

Posted on 12/18/2005 7:29:31 AM PST by richierichIII

FLOYD — The short life of a 5-year-old murder victim has been memorialized with a statue of an angel at the Floyd Community Center.

“(The angel is) huge and she’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Pamela Hill of Mason City, who organized the memorial project. “Had it been one of my daughters, I’d be in awe.”

Hill said a ceremony to unveil the memorial was being planned for as early as this weekend.

“It should be pretty impressive,” said Floyd Mayor Trevis O’Connell.

The 8-foot-tall angel carries a medallion bearing the face of Evelyn Miller, Hill said.

Evelyn disappeared from her rural Floyd apartment on July 1. Her body was recovered two miles from her home in the Cedar River on July 6.

“I don’t think anyone in Floyd will ever forget it,” O’Connell said. “It’s in our minds. We’re sad that it occurred.”

Hill said she was moved to memorialize Evelyn after following her story in the news.

“I started it the day they found little Evelyn’s body,” said the mother of three children. “I don’t know the family or anyone like that, but I felt like I wanted to do something.”

O’Connell said he was contacted by Hill the next day.

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “If anything, it will be a reminder to parents to be more careful.”

The statue’s location was specifically chosen for its significance in the 6-day search for Evelyn by more than 1,300.

“Pamela had asked that it be at the community center,” O’Connell said, adding that several sites were available.

“That’s where the main station was when they launched the search,” Hill explained.

After clearing the project with Evelyn’s family, O’Connell said the site was approved by the Floyd Community Center Board.

He said another volunteer complimented Hill’s fund-raising efforts by pouring the foundation for the approximately $8,000 statue.

“She’s such a sincere person and she really did a good job coming up with the money,” O’Connell said.

Though Hill conceived the project, she said many people helped make it possible.

“There have been a number of people to offer really substantial donations,” she said.

“We did some fund-raising, but we’re still about $1,200 shy,” Hill said.

The difference, she said, is charged to her personal credit card.

The memorial remained concealed at the community center on Thursday.

To contribute to the memorial fund, contact Floyd City Hall at (641) 398-2857.

Contact Jennifer Meyer at

jenmeyer@charlescitypress.com or (641) 228-3211 ext. 21


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: evelynmiller
This is an excellent effort by Pam Hill to do something all on her own to commemorate Evelyn's short life. We thank her with all of our hearts.

The dedication will be at 3 p.m. today 12/18/05 in Floyd.

1 posted on 12/18/2005 7:29:31 AM PST by richierichIII
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To: richierichIII

Richie, prayers extended up for your granddaughter, you, your son and family. God Bless and comfort all of you.


2 posted on 12/18/2005 7:51:25 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

BUMP


3 posted on 12/18/2005 9:58:33 AM PST by SweetCaroline (There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.)
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To: richierichIII
The Statue
4 posted on 12/19/2005 5:25:16 AM PST by richierichIII (Birds of a feather...)
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To: richierichIII

....sorry richie I only see a box with a red X.


5 posted on 12/19/2005 7:06:08 AM PST by SweetCaroline (There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.)
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To: SweetCaroline

That's beautiful!


6 posted on 12/19/2005 10:49:30 PM PST by SweetCaroline (There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.)
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