Memorial Trelllis At Ted Ensley Gardens Honors A Beloved Daughter

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A memorial trellis was unveiled Saturday afternoon in memory of a beloved daughter. Shaylee Oxy's mother Melody had the vision for a tranquil trellis right by Lake Shawnee shortly after her 22-year-old daughter Shaylee died in a car accident in November 2011.

With the help of friends and all those knew and loved Shaylee, Melody and Erik Oxy, Shaylee's father, were able to raise $7,000 - $2,000 more than they needed for the trellis.

In a quiet ceremony underneath the white trellis, the couple presented Dave Bartels, supervisor of Horticulture and Forestry with Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, with a check for the Ted Ensley Garden Foundation.

The trellis stands at the end of a downward-sloping walkway at the end of Woodland Gardens at Ted Ensley Gardens. It marks the spot where Shaylee and her mother would often come for some treasured girl time.

"I wanted to give something back to the park. This is a beautiful place where we used to come. [It's] just kind of our sacred spot," Melody Oxy said.

"All parents, all children can come here an have moments together, enjoy the lake here and each other," Erik Oxy said.

Following the unveiling, friends and family mingled over Shaylee's memories and her love of music. A reception at the Garden House included an open-jam session with Shaylee's friends.


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