CHANNAHON, Ill. -- In the Will County town of Channahon, the Angus family now laugh and joke as they talk of Madison Catherine -- or simply Maddie. They cry too, but not as much as they did when it first happened.
“I was so proud to call myself Madison Angus' mother,” Madison’s Mom Eileen says.
In May 2014, Madison was coming home from work and driving down a dark rural road when she was ejected from the car after losing control of the car and slamming into this tree. Her body was found down this embankment several hours later.
Her father Scott, an Illinois state trooper off duty at the time, rolled up to the scene like dozens of others on the job he feared the worst.
“How many times I had to be the one to deliver the bad news at 3 o'clock in the morning ?” he says.
It was only eight days after her graduation from Minooka High. Madison was headed to the University of Alabama.
Madison’s family started a foundation for scholarship money for other students who would attend the University of Alabama. A kickball tournament was held this past Memorial Day where they raised thousands of dollars to be given to three out of state Alabama students in Madison’s name.
Several weeks ago, the family gave the university the funds.
The university has embraced the Anguses too. Among other things the school awarded Madison a diploma posthumously.
The legacy of a girl gone too soon will for years and years to come will bring happiness and hope to other struggling college students of the Crimson Tide.
For more info on Madison's Foundation just go to www.remembermadison.com