A 16-year-old girl who died in a crash last month is helping others after her death. Mary Lilly signed up to be an organ donor November 14th.
Nine days later, a car hit her. She died Thanksgiving Day. Her family says her organs helped save seven lives.
April Lilly says she learned her daughter's heart went to a little boy, and part of Mary’s liver went to a baby.
“As sad as we all are that she's not here, we had a chance to have someone like this in our life,” April said.
“Parts of her will be living on in other people, so she'll never really be gone,” said Mary’s sister Rose Lilly.
The family says Mary is still with them, in part, because of timing; while Mary was in the hospital, her new I.D. arrived.
“We saw her little picture with that bright red heart next to it, symbolizing that she wanted to be a donor,” April said.
They say they were reminded of Mary's generosity when a necklace she bought for her mother arrived in the mail after her death.
“It is just very sad for me to know that she's not really on earth anymore,” said Mary’s brother Garen Lilly.
The family is coping with the crash that took Mary's life and how the driver may not have seen her in a crosswalk blocks away from their northwest valley home.
April says she found Mary's journal at the right time. Her last entry was about forgiveness.
“‘The first to apologize is the bravest,’” April says the entry reads. “I think she's reminding us to keep our heart where it needs to be.”
Through her artwork, volunteerism and recent decision to be an organ donor, Mary's family says her giving spirit lives on.
“She's still with me deep me in my heart. She will always be a part of my soul,” Garen said.
Metro Police say the crash that took Mary's life is still under investigation.
The Lilly family has established a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses.
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