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Clay County family makes sure young girl's memory lives on

9-year-old Katie Truman was killed in a car crash along with her grandmother in 2016. Community members are now making sure her memory lives on. (WCHS/WVAH)

Almost two years after a tragic car accident in Bickmore, community members are making sure a young girl's memory lives on by helping others.

9-year-old Kadie Truman and her grandmother Connie Brown were killed in a car accident in December of 2016. Since that tragic day, Kadie's Aunt, Ashley Truman has been using her talent to keep her young niece's memory going.

"She is always on my mind," Truman said. "She was such a sweet pea. She is greatly missed."

After Kadie's passing Truman started the Kadie Truman Memorial Fund which has helped several Clay County students buy books for college. Truman has given out several scholarships in Kadie's name.

Truman said Kadie has a move for reading, and she hopes to pass that along to students as they further their education.

"She just had this sweet voice and face. No one will ever forget her, and we don't want them to."

The latest project Truman is working on is a porch swing that will be raffled off to raise money for the memorial fund. The handmade piece was crafted by Truman at her home in Clay County.

"I love to build things, and this is what I do in my spare time," Truman said. "This is my passion. I always have ideas in my head. I am always thinking of what to do next to raise money."

The memorial fund also helps community events going throughout Clay County. Truman said this past spring $2,000 was raised in Kadie's name for a community Easter egg hunt. Funds will also soon be collected to put toward a memorial garden to honor Kadie. Tickets will be raffled off for the porch swing until July 1st. All proceeds will go straight to the Kadie Truman Memorial Fund.

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