HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—On Friday
more than 1,000 people gathered to remember Meg Menzies, the wife and mother of
was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on Monday morning.
Since Menzies' death, there has been
an outpouring of support from the greater Ashland community.
Friday's memorial service was very
emotional, but there was also plenty of laughter, as family and friends made
sure to celebrate the life of their friend, wife and mother, Meg Menzies.
The song Menzies had just taught her
children capped off the memorial service as a message to all in attendance:
today was not goodbye, but simply see you later.
“We know where she is today,” said Menzies'
friend, Brenda Kidd. “Her family can feel comfort from that. We are excited to know
that she knew Jesus as her savior.”
Before Friday's service, staff
members from Cool Spring Baptist Church said they were expecting around 800
people. With the main sanctuary filled to capacity, an overflow room was
opened. An estimated total of 1,200 people came to pay their respects to a
woman who was loved by many.
“Meg was amazing. I have known Meg
for well over 20 years,” Marlene Lange said. “Her smile was the most beautiful
Keishanna James said, “Whenever you hear
Meg's name or see her, she would always have a smile on her face. She would go
above and beyond for any of her friends. She was a very giving person.”
During the service, a letter written
to Menzies by her husband, Ashland Police Sergeant Scott Menzies, was read
He wrote, “Every time I lace up my
running shoes, it will be for you.”
In another letter, Menzies' mother
called her daughter her best friend, confidant and buddy. She also said her
children say it best when they say they “hope Momma's having fun in Heaven.”
“Her love for her family just
reached beyond words,” Lange said.
Since Menzies' death on Monday, an event
Miles started on Facebook. It asks group members to run for Menzies this
Saturday, and more
than 70,000 people from all over the world have joined.
“It goes all the way to Australia,” Lange
said. “People want to run in her honor.”
If you would like to participate in
the Meg's Miles event, organizers are simply asking everyone to run wherever
they are, and to post photos to the Facebook page using the hashtag #MegsMiles.
Other local organized runs are being held in her honor.
A makeshift memorial has popped up
on East Patrick Henry Road in Ashland, where Menzies was hit and killed.
Mourners are leaving flowers and running shoes.
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