Tree planted in memory of Abby Dougherty
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A magnolia tree now stands in honor of the UF student killed while riding her bike, Abby Dougherty.
Back in October, she was on her way to school when she was hit by a trash truck on University Avenue.
Dougherty's death impacted a lot of people in the Gainesville area.
"Of all the ways that Abby's been remembered, this is one of the best ways to remember her," said her mother, Anita Forester.
The Southern Magnolia stands at the Matheson Museum's Library and Archives.
Forester came into town for the ceremony. She said it'll be a place she can feel her daughter's spirit. "If I know Abby, this tree will have more blossoms than most," she said.
Her friends said they could not think of a better way to remember her. "Her ultimate goal was to have her ashes put into some sort of a pot and planted underneath a tree, so it could feed it and it could grow," said Stephanie Muench.
The tree was planted by the City Beautification Board. She was a member of the group. Earline Luhrman, a member of the board, said, "We picked the Southern Magnolia because she was a Southern Belle. The flowers smell beautiful and they're white and just so much beauty which she was for us for the board."
Forester was able to share stories about her daughter with her friends. "When I'm having a rough day, the best thing is to speak to her friends because they remember the small things and the day to day things that Abby was all about. Being with them makes me feel closer to her," she said. Forester said she will be back often to feel close to Abby.
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