Not quite a year ago East Peorian Amy Adkins was killed in a horrific car accident in Kentucky.
Since then her family has been getting over the shock of their family member, only 26, being killed and putting their lives back together without her. Part of that effort involves a fund raiser coming up April 14.
The accident occurred July 15, 2011, in Madison County, Ky. The driver, Megan Crawford, of Metamora lived, but has had her life altered drastically. The duo, described as ‘best friends’ were on their way to visit Crawford’s aunt in North Carolina.
Adkins worked as a sign language interpreter in Peoria’s District 150. She was described as a “loving, open and friendly” person.
“The thing that most of us remember is her loving personality and her want to help everybody,” Adkins’ sister-in-law, Jessica Peplow, said, last year.
“She was loving, outgoing, wanting to do things for other people and was not shy at all. She liked to dance, have fun, go out with friends and spend time with family.”
A graduate of East Peoria Community High School and Illinois Central College’s sign language interpreting program, Adkins worked as a sign language interpreter for Richwoods High School before transferring to Sterling Middle School and working with younger students.
Adkins was also involved in an interpretive dance and sign language team for younger students, called “Silent Knights.”
“(The dance team) was her pride and joy,” Peplow said.
Peplow added that Adkins loved her job as a sign language interpreter due to the children she worked with.
“She loved the kids, and she was incredibly passionate about what she did and loved being with other people and helping other people,” Peplow said.
Because of Adkins passion to help the deaf her family plans to establish a scholarship in Adkin’s name to help one student go through the sign language program at ICC.
Plans for the April 14 benefit include a 5K walk/run in the morning and a dinner/silent auction that evening. (See the April 11 issue of the Woodford Times for more details on the upcoming event.)
In addition to enjoying her job, Peplow said Adkins spent a lot of time being with and helping out her family. In particular, she savored her time with her husband Devon, whom she married June 26, 2010.
According to Peplow, she also enjoyed dancing and staying involved with the Faith Christian Center in Washington.
Monica Crawford, Megan’s sister, added to Peplow’s description of Adkins.
“We all knew Amy. She was a sweet girl. We all loved her,” Monica Crawford told the Woodford Times.
Peplow said the past eight months has been hard on both sides of the family.
“Some good has come from it. My husband is Amy’s brother. He and Amy’s husband have become much closer,” Peplow said. “We’re all excited about the event. It will bring more honor to her name.”