HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—On Friday more than 1,000 people gathered to remember Meg Menzies, the wife and mother of three who 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 thing."
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 aloud.
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 called Meg's 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.
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond
301 Arboretum Place, Richmond
Can't find something?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.