COMMERCE - Family, friends, teachers and students gathered Monday morning at Commerce Alexander Elementary School playground, where they remembered and celebrated the life of Gracie Morgan.
Balloons were released by her classmates and a memorial purple bench, her favorite color, was dedicated in her honor, with her name on it.
The bench is set under a tree for students to use as a daily reminder to work hard, be kind and loving to others, do their best, and remember a sweet little girl.
Gracie was born on August 9, 2011, in Miami. She lived with her grandparents, Bruce and Lana Morgan, her aunt, Shawna Mathis, and her three sisters, Lexi, Brook, and Alli. She was a kindergarten student at Commerce Elementary, in Ms. Roberts’ class.
“She loved being a Tiger and was always full of energy and just a spunky little girl,” Ms. Roberts said.
Gracie passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, a few days after her fifth birthday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident west of Welch.
Her classmates, teachers, administrators and friends say for the short time that Gracie was here with us, she made a big impact and touched the lives of so many. She was a good friend, always smiling, even if it was her ornery smile and she gave the best hugs around.
Gracie's aunt, Shawna Mathis, said Gracie was such a happy little girl and loved life.
Gracie's memorial bench was provided by the Commerce Parent Faculty Club.
Gracie’s name will also be remembered through a scholarship that was given during Commerce’s graduation commencement on Sunday, May 14. Shawna and Gracie's three sisters presented the scholarship to Kasey Karnes.
Requirements for the scholarship included a holding a 3.0 to 3.5 GPA, church attendance 50 percent of the time, participating in at least one extra-curricular activity and having attended Commerce High School all four years.
The idea for the scholarship came from Gracie’s grandmother, Lana Morgan. Family members that made the $500 scholarship possible included Bruce and Lana Morgan, Shawna Mathis, Stacy Worthington, and Sarah Brown.
The family decided they would like to give back to the community for everything that was done for them. They want to keep Gracie’s name going for those to remember her always.