On the same day she would have started her senior year, Monday night a special memorial service honored an Eastern Kentucky University student.
21-year old Hillary Hadley was killed earlier this month when her truck was knocked 30 feet by a train on Mayde Road in Berea. Her family members say she had been planning a career in nutrition working with pregnant mothers.
In such a brief life, Hillary Hadley made an enormous impact on the lives she touched. "Hillary was just full of joy," friend and housemate Jordan Bowling said, "She loved life, and I very rarely saw her without a smile. She loved her family so much, and she wanted us to know and love them too."
Friends and loved ones gathered at Trinity Church in Richmond to remember the young woman killed earlier this month in a train crash. "There are so many things that stand out about Hillary. She was focused and dedicated, thoughtful, teachable, hospitable, eager to grow, and her love for life was contagious," Hillary's friend Alisa Pulver said. "You couldn't be around Hillary and not look at life with a more positive outlook. She inspired me to make the best out of life and to enjoy every day."
Now friends, many of whom came to know Hillary through a bible study she led, hope to continue to spread her love of life in her memory.