HOLLIDAY, TX (KAUZ) - Holliday ISD has a new memorial for a beloved teacher who was killed in a car accident last year.
Nancy Day was described as a teacher who always had a positive attitude and loved to share words of encouragement.
"She told me that she saw this as her ministry as a way to help teachers, but she was also a very encouraging person,"Third-grade reading teacher, Carrie Matthews said.
Mrs. Day had filled in for Matthews reading class two days prior the accident that took her life.
"The last job she did for me was reading a chapter book, and she read it dramatically and better than I did," Matthews said. "The kids just absolutely loved the way that she had read to them."
DPS officials said Day was traveling South on Highway 79 when her car veered into Northbound traffic causing her to collide head-on with another vehicle that was traveling north.
Both Day and the other driver were pronounced dead at the scene.
"It was like one of our own family members had passed away," Holliday Middle School Principal, Kelly Carver said. "The teachers were very hurt by it, as well as the students and community."
To honor Mrs. Day, students, teachers, and two community members placed four items on the HMS campus.
The Future Student Leaders of America and the Spanish Club of Holliday High School raised money for two concrete benches.
Cory Parker and Danny Price built a metal bench, and students, teachers, and parents of middle school students purchased a Chinese Pistache Tree, which Carver said it symbolizes relief.
"It provides relief for people on a hot day and that's kind of what she did, she provided relief for many teachers," Carver said.
For Matthews, there is one thing she will always remember Mrs. Day by.
"Her laugh," Matthews said. "She had an amazing laugh and when she laughed you knew she was laughing from her whole heart."
That type of tree is also known to adapt to many different places and that's another thing that they say describes Mrs. Day.
Mrs. Day would sub from 6th grade up through high school and from band to science.
Before becoming a substitute teacher in Holliday, Mrs. Day spent 15 years teaching through the Wichita Falls ISD.