Children often have multiple mother figures in their lives--aunts, grandmothers, and the like--who have a lasting influence on them. Due to death or distance, Fiorella had none of these, but she did have Eve Paule, her best friend's mother.
When she could, Mrs. Paule gave Fio rides to school, swim lessons, sewing lessons, art lessons, and Baylor Children's Theater. Fio also accompanied the family to college-sponsored musical performances, and she was allowed to study their Time-Life art books, which nurtured her own art. But most of all, Eve Paule was kind to Fiorella, and when she died, Fiorella attended the interment and was invited to pour a handful of dirt into the grave.
Blessed be the memory of Eve Levine Paule, Fio's second mother.