On May 13, 2014, Eva Jean Bay Stream, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family at her side. Eve was born August 14, 1920 in Pacific, Missouri to Melvin and Blanche Garrett Bay. She was raised in Missouri and attended nurses training at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon completion of nursing school she answered an ad for an operating room nurse in Wyoming, where she later enlisted in the United States Army Nurses Corp. Her nursing unit was sent to New Guinea in l943, where she worked at a MASH unit for 18 months. She was able to achieve the rank of Captain. This is where her love of the operating room grew. In 1945 she was sent to Camp Chowder where she met her future husband, Lt. Jack Stream who was recovering from knee surgery. After she married Lt. Stream in California, Eva was discharged from the Army. Eve and Jack made their home in Chicago where their first daughter, Stephanie Ann was born. Later the family moved to the suburb of Wheaton, where their second daughter Lucinda Bay was born. Eve was a nurse for Dupage County School System. After enduring many Chicago winters they decided to move to warmer climate and picked Las Cruces as their new home. They bought the Sands Motel and one day soon after they moved Eve was at the beauty shop where it came out that she was a nurse. When she arrived home from the beauty shop, the hospital had already called offering her the night supervisor position. She later became Director of Nurses. Eve instituted many progressive changes to include using disposable syringes, needles, tubing and getting proper health care to people in out laying communities with the start of Ben Archer clinic in Hatch. As the city grew the needs for new facility became more apparent. Eve was instrumental in applying for grants and funds for the new hospital which is now Memorial Medical Center. Is 1982 Eve retired as Chief of the Operating Room. However her love of caring for people never waned and she began volunteer work at St. Luke's Clinic, where she continued to work and maintain her nursing license until her late 80's. In 2009 she was proud to be a participant in the Veterans Honor Flight in Washington D.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Thelma and the love of her life, Adrian Martin (Jack) Stream. She is survived by her daughters Stephanie "Stevie" and husband Mike Pack, Lucinda "Cindy" and husband Michael LaVertu; grandchildren Kelly and husband Fernando Lopez, Chelsea and husband Josh Burns and Ryan and husband Daniel Morales; great grandchildren, Brett, Caleb, Kameryn, Tripp, and Santana. A Memorial Service and Presentation of the Colors will be Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 6 PM at Veterans Park on Roadrunner Parkway. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 300 E, Boutz Road, Las Cruces 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care". For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 22, 2014