Life of McLean County Teenager Remembered

A McLean County family, and community, coming to terms with the passing of a teenager.

Evie Hoover, 13, died after a mass was discovered in her brain last month. As the family continues getting support, tributes to her are in the works.

"She was sweet, smart, humble. She was strong," said Sabrina Hoover, Evie's mother.

"Straight A student. Always participated. Worked well with others," described Shelbie Howard, Evie's teacher, and basketball coach at McLean County Middle School.

There are so many descriptions of Hoover, a girl who meant so much to so many. Her sudden passing, left her parents Sabrina and Shawn, speechless.

"It's hard to put in to words. Devastating," Shawn, Evie's father, says. "A pain that I don't know if anyone could ever understand. It doesn't go away. "

Evie was taken to a Nashville hospital after complaining of intense headaches, but a mass was found in her brain. She was on the middle school's basketball and softball teams, and excelled in math and science.

"I know Evie was a fighter, God called her to heaven. She fought a good fight, and lived an awesome 13 years here," Howard says.

Weeks after her passing, the Hoovers say the support still comes in from in and outside the county, including through delivered meals, messages of support.

"It's reached out beyond McLean County, beyond Daviess County, we have family in Indiana, it's been truly amazing the people that have been there for us to help us out in any way that we need," Sabrina says.

To keep her memory alive, teachers and coaches say they plan to retire her jersey numbers for both sports, with other tributes in the works.

"They know its a nice gesture, and it's going to be awesome," says Howard. "It's going to be a reminder of her and how she stood out here, and just a way to remember her."

The Hoovers say they're starting to come to terms with what happened, but that their memories of evie will last.

"We're all going to miss something from her being gone," says Shawn.

(This story was originally published on July 10th, 2017)


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