Lowman United Methodist Church opens Abby's Place

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) -- The small things that reminded friends and family of 17 year old Abigail Medley were all around Lowman United Methodist Church.

"Yellow is her favorite color, and sunflowers were something that she really loved," Abigail's mother Jennifer Hosie said.

Abigail lost her life suddenly in a tragic car accident in January, and her friends and family are making sure her memory lives on.

They gathered dressed in Abigail's favorite color after Sunday's service to remember and honor her with Abby's Place.

"She loved this church. She loved kids, and they loved her and so it's a great way to remember her I think," Hosie said.

As kids played on the church's new playground Abigail's grandmother, Jackie Howard, said it's somewhere she would have most likely spent time.

"The kids loved her. I have lots and lots of great nieces and nephews, and they just flocked to Abigail," she said.

Abigail's mother said she is appreciative of the support.

"I think we'd just say thank you to the community. The outpouring has been amazing," she said.

Her family is grateful they were able to give back while remembering Abigail.

"We miss our sweet Abby, but this is a great gift that we were able through that tragedy to give back to the church," Howard said.

Friends and family hope the new playground will be enjoyed by many children at the church.