Eva “Marie” Gallagher was a free spirit who was a "funny, adventurous risk taker and philosopher,” her mother Gladys Williams said.
“She not only gave of herself but taught everyone she came in contact with to pay it forward,” she said.
Gallagher, 30, of Canton, Ohio, and formerly of Hobart, was compassionate and loving, her mother said.
"She was everybody’s protector and go-to person,” he said.
Gallagher was the best daughter, sister, stepdaughter, aunt and fiance'.
“Her multitude of friends, co-workers, acquaintances, patients and sometimes a stranger or two would be left with a little smile or advice from her,” Williams said.
Physical fitness and dental health were Gallagher’s main hobbies. A dental hygenist, she strove for better treatment for her patients and pushed her body, running marathons for causes she strongly believed in.
Williams said her daughter’s interest in dental hygiene began as a child, watching Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and his sidekick Herbie who wanted to be a dentist.
“She watched Herbie every year and told me someday she would help a lot of people with their teeth,” Williams said. “Along with fixing patients’ teeth, she again was putting smiles on people’s faces.”
Gallagher met the love of her life, her fiancé, Dr. Nick Shundry, in Las Vegas.
“They taught each other how to live, love, be adventurous, forgive and leave a mark on this world,” Williams said.
Gallagher loved her brother, Mike, and nephew, Aiden, with all her heart, she said.
Williams has many special memories of her daughter, especially her believing in the magic of Christmas Eve.
“As I cry myself to sleep every night, I miss her Victoria Secret perfume, her dropping the soap in the shower at least three times, her voice, her laughter, her touch and her words of advice,” her mother said.