Last September, a wreck took the life of a 19-year-old Texarkana, Texas woman. Now, her family is hoping to keep her memory alive by having a day of purple for the city on Tuesday.
Maggie Minter died in a single-vehicle accident on Jarvis Parkway in Texarkana after she lost control of her car. "There are days that are heart breaking. I think that is the thought of the reality that she is not her now," says Maggie's mother, Diane Minter Niemeyer. "My biggest fear is that she would be forgotten. And I was trying to think of ways to keep her memory alive."
Tuesday would have been Maggie's 20th birthday. A balloon release has been set for Tuesday. Residents in Texarkana are also putting out purple ribbons to honor Maggie. "It's just amazing to see everyone coming together for her," says Maggie's sister Molly Minter. "I am blown away by the support the town has shown with everybody coming together for the balloon release and buying T-shirts and making donations."
Donations will help fund a scholarship in Maggie's name for students who attend alternative schools in Liberty Eylau and Texarkana, Texas school districts. The family says the scholarship is a reflection of Maggie's love of education. "I definitely miss Maggie every day. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her," says Molly Minter.
The family is hoping to raise $5,000 to get the scholarship going. You can make a donation at TEXAR Federal Credit Union.
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