Snowflake (“Snowflakey”) Eaton
Snowflake Eaton departed this earthly life at her residence somewhat suddenly in the early hours of December 26, 2020. She was surrounded by her human family and her bonded mate Oreo (“Little Bunny”). Believed to have been born in 2007 or 2008, Snowflake lived through four presidential elections, two global recessions, and the debut of the Apple iPad and Tik Tok. Despite long-standing health conditions and an original projected lifespan of only six years, Snowflake proved us all wrong. With her “never give up” spirit, she was still jumping up on fireplaces until the day before she died as a teenage bunny.
Snowflake’s signature trait was her matter-of-fact, no-nonsense demeanor, which is believed to have been derived from her Dutch lineage. Originally a Hoosier, Snowflake eventually expanded her roots to her Kentucky home where she would take one month old “Little Bunny” under her wing, teaching him all about how to be a big and brave bunny. Always up for an adventure, Snowflake made trips through West Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland, where she and Little Bunny and their people spent a winter on a blueberry farm. There, they took up volunteerism, donating their manure to fertilize acres of plump delicious organic blueberries to feed families across the region without charge. After permanently moving back to Kentucky, she continued to donate fertilizer for beautiful flowers grown for sale at the Southern Kentucky Farmer’s Market. In her spare time, Snowflake enjoyed straightening up the wrinkles in area rugs and rearranging misplaced items in her room. She and Little Bunny also enjoyed cardboard crafting, playing the occasional game on Teach and Treat, a rabbit board game and eating lots of hay. In 2016, she developed a new talent for chewing creative shapes out of paper, starting her own hobby business entitled “Snowflakes by Snowflake,” and hiring Little Bunny as her apprentice to make crafts for friends. She also mastered the art of bunny sign language to communicate with her people, flapping rubber tiles, giving the side eye, saying “please” and pointing at various objects with her nose.
Snowflake had an impeccable sense of timing, reminding her humans down to the minute when it was time for breakfast and dinner. That time, which she determined, would be 8:28 AM and PM on the dot.
Snowflake never tasted a vegetable or met a person she didn’t like. A connoisseur of the freshest organic herbs and vegetables, she ate a hearty breakfast and dinner salad every morning and night along with hay and the occasional treat of dried Chamomile, Lavender, and Red Clover flowers.
In addition to leaving behind Little Bunny, Snowflake is survived by the humans who were part of her life, including Jack and Akisha, Angela, Nancy, Rhianna, Fadzai, Jacinda, and several other friends and family members. A private memorial ceremony and burial was held outdoors on the sunny and warm afternoon of December 27, 2020, with close friends and family in the United States and Canada in virtual attendance. The ceremony included prayers and readings from Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’, Friar Jack Wintz’s Will I See My Dog in Heaven, the Reverend Andrew Linzey’s Animal Rites, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s No Death, No Fear. Snowflake’s absence leaves a deep void, and she will be missed dearly by all. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the House Rabbit Society at rabbit.org.
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