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Diamond, Evy



Evy Diamond, long time Carlsbad resident, passed away at home on Monday, April 18, 2016, attended by her husband of 40 years, Jeff Diamond, and son, Max Shaw. Evy's greatest joy was her marriage to Jeff and her involvement in community affairs as a teacher, artist, past president of PEO BB, member of ADK, juried member of The Artist's Gallery, and the Thursday bunco gang at the senior center.



Evy is the mother of Max Shaw of Green Valley, Arizona, and the late Shannon J. Shaw. When Shannon died from melanoma on August 31, 2009, Evy and Jeff established a fund in his memory at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation for educating the public about early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of melanoma in medically underserved communities of New Mexico. Evy and Jeff are members of the New Mexico Cancer Council, Cancer Action Network of the American Cancer Society, the Tom L. Popejoy Society of the University of New Mexico. For the past 7 years, they have funded continuing education programs for lawyers, medical personnel and the general public on topics such as cancer patient navigation training, latest advances in genetic research and privacy issues in cancer treatment, the affordable care act and cancer care and other programs of importance to cancer fighters around the region. Their efforts are documented at www.listentoyourmom.org. Memorial gifts can be sent to Justin Schroer, Director of Development, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131



Shannon and his wife, Christine, left Evy and Jeff with two fine grandchildren, Jacob who served in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and was discharged as a Sargeant, and Marlena Shaw Davis, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of UNM and now an executive trainee with Target Stores, and her husband, Tyler. Christine, a breast cancer survivor, became a nurse in California, after Shannon's death, and married a cancer widower, Ray Pilcher who is a hospital engineer.



Evy's greatest love, beside Jeff, and her advocacy, was her long career as a teacher. Whether she taught the Vasquez children, the Cousins girls, the Reids, the Salcidos, or the Hoyles, or Florez brothers and hundreds of others, she instilled in them a love of learning, hard work, and excellence and they have become leaders in law enforcement, the health professions, and skilled workers in mining and in the oilfield.



Evy was devoted to her Jewish heritage and served as president of the Carlsbad Jewish Congregation and a founder and board member of Temple Beth El in Carlsbad. She and Jeff are members of Temple B'nai Israel in Roswell and Chabad in Albuquerque. She and Jeff met in 1975 when they were both teachers at Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Ana, California, and he was a law student.



Evy and Jeff became very active in the Anti-Defamation League, a 100 year old civil rights organization to prevent the defamation of the Jewish people and others and to protect the rights of all. While Jeff was New Mexico Regional Board Chair and a member of the National Commission, Evy traveled to Israel three times, and met with the leadership of Israel, including journalists, activists from all the communities in Israel whether Jewish, Moslem, or Arab. They fund ADL's "world of difference" program in Haifa to teach tolerance to Jewish, Christian, and Moslem children to be able to live in peace. Evy was devoted to the principles of the Anti-Defamation League and urge their friends so inclined to learn more about ADL and to donate to ADL, go to newmexico.adl.org. Donations can be mailed to ADL at 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, (505) 823-2712.



Evy's funeral was conducted by Chabad Rabbi, and friend, Chaim Schmuckler at Vista Verde Cemetery in Rio Rancho where she was laid to rest in the family plot, next to Shannon. Evy was blessed to live a full life to be 84.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 22, 2016
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