Elvia Rose Ramirez

February 3, 2003


October 6, 2020

From The New York Times:

When she died of Covid-19 on Oct. 6, Elvia Ramirez was only 17 and had started her senior year at Parshall High School on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. She had intended to marry her long-term boyfriend and had hopes of attending college. She had promised to take some of her younger siblings to Disneyland one day.

Elvia Rose Ramirez was born on Feb. 3, 2003, in Grand Forks, N.D., the third of nine children. Her family was part of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation. Her father, Elias Ramirez, grew up as a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Phoenix; Elvia, who was extremely proud of her heritage, became a member of that tribe. She struggled with asthma and high blood pressure but was a vivacious, active teenager who loved drawing anime characters and had dreams of becoming an artist and a “cat mom.”

Always a curious, empathetic child, she helped raise her younger siblings, her mother said.

“She always thought of everybody else first,” Ms. Three Irons said. “She was always there to cheer up her friends and volunteer to help out when people needed her.”

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