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Aruffo, Eva Dawn

Eva Dawn Aruffo, 94, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died peacefully on May 25, 2016, eleven days after suffering a serious stroke.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Highland Park, Michigan. She attended Highland Park High School. In July 1944 she married Ernie Aruffo, to whom she was married for nearly 72 years. They lived in Detroit, Michigan, where they raised two daughters, Sylvia and Patricia, later moving to Northville, then Novi, Michigan. They worked together in the family's custom floor-covering store, where, among other activities, she designed and wove rugs on a huge loom. In October 2015, they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Eva Dawn was an excellent seamstress who made suits, shirts, jackets, sweaters, and dresses for herself and family members. She took on challenging sewing tasks such as determining how to design, cut, and stitch together the panels for a huge five-foot world globe. An accomplished and sought-after calligrapher, she taught calligraphy at Schoolcraft College in Michigan.

For many years Eva Dawn was an active member of Metropolitan Methodist Church in Detroit, where she was President of the Women's Society and applied her artistic talents to enhance numerous church-related events. From 2003 to 2014, Eva Dawn and Ernie volunteered as guides at Novi's district court. Dressed in their Sunday best, they would help people (often, young people in an unfamiliar and intimidating environment) find the appropriate courtroom, office, or even nearby restaurant. As Eva Dawn said in a story about their volunteer work, "It's wonderful to be as old as we are and still get around. I believe you ought to do something that will help other people."

One of her happiest memories was seeing Ernie step off the plane that brought him home from World War II. Her proudest accomplishment was raising two beautiful girls. And her advice was to "forget the aches and pains and find something to do for someone else."

Eva Dawn is survived by her husband, Ernie; two daughters, Sylvia, who lives in Highland Park, Illinois with her husband Fred Orkin, and Patricia, who lives in Albuquerque with her husband, William Balassi; and two grandchildren, Donald Smith, who lives with his wife Kembra Howdeshell in Greenboro, North Carolina, and Christopher Aruffo, who lives in Evanston, Illinois.

A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 17, at 3:00 P.M. at Brookdale, 300 Valencia Drive SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87108.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 29, 2016
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