She was more than just an office support specialist at Turn of River Middle School.
"Mrs. Pavia was the matriarch of Turn of River," said Brendan Fox, principal of Turn of River Middle School. "She took care of everyone from teachers, to parents, to students."
Working in the school's office for over 30 years, Carol Pavia was like family to many.
"Throughout the years Carol became my mentor, friend and family," said Sharon Wade, an office support specialist who worked side by side with Pavia.
Last year, Pavia passed away from a car accident. Remembering a woman who meant so much to many, the school renovated its courtyard in her memory.
"It's a very wonderful space that I think Carol would approve of," said Fox. "It would put a smile on her face if she came out here and saw the kids playing as kids should play." Fox said students can eat lunch in the courtyard.
Pavia's family and the school community honored her Wednesday, sharing stories, laughter, tears, song and officially opening the new space.
Turn of River's music teacher sang Pavia's favorite song: Fly Me To The Moon.
"This was a big part of my mother's second family, she would say," said Paul Pavia, Carol's son.
As he looked at all hard work that has been done to the courtyard, Paul Pavia said the flowers stuck out to him the most, "Some of the flowers are in bloom. That would be Carol, her smile, flowers blooming."