ASH GROVE, Mon – A new piece of art in Ash Grove will help preserve the memory of a woman who made an impact in the community.
Jessica Landis died last week after a car accident shocking Ash Grove residents she knew.
“It was devastating. It’s like losing part of your family member, ”said Aleia O’Quinn, Landis’s associate.
Landis worked at the Ash Grove Health Center for six years.
“She will never be forgotten,” said Cathy Bird Wallace, who also worked with Landis.
Landis made a lasting impression with her work for the residents of the health center. Two angel wings were painted in her honor.
“She touched many lives,” said Ashley McBratney, who painted the angel’s wings and also worked with Landis.
“It was devastating. It was a real tragedy, it was very, very heartbreaking to lose such an amazing person so early. Too early, ”said McBratney. “Jessica was an amazing person who provided high quality, compassionate care. I want her memory to last. And for what she has done to serve the people in this community, I think it is important that we acknowledge it. “
Landis’ staff said residents, many of whom looked at their families, were shocked by the news.
“They loved her like family,” Wallace said, “some of them had been here for as long as Jessica worked here, or longer. So they have known Jessica the whole time. “
“You are heartbroken. This is someone you can grow, trust, and love. It’s not easy to trust someone who is new. So if someone took care of you for six years, you love them, ”said O’Quinn.
Your loved ones hope that these angel wings with the “small town heroes” written next to them will keep Jessica’s legacy alive.
“I want to encourage others to be more like the heroine she was, and like our health heroes, I encourage others to get involved and take good care of people, be kind to one another,” said McBratney.
“She will be in our hearts forever,” said Wallace.
“She really was a small town hero,” said O’Quinn.
We know about this story because Jessica Landis is the sister of our KOLR10 weekend anchor and reporter Mike Landis.