JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The life of a beloved Jackson teacher, killed in a horrific crash, was honored Sunday by her classmates.
Leigh Anne Ward was remembered for her compassion by the Jackson Academy Class of 1993.
Friends and family came together for the special ceremony to share memories of the Madison Ridgeland Academy educator who dedicated her life to teaching children.
In her memory, Ward's classmates raised money to donate three iron benches bearing her name to the elementary school.
"It's always been a very important place in her life and since her death I cannot say enough good things about her Class of 1993 and the school. They have been so supportive," said Ward's mother Bobbie Ward.
"Leigh Anne was just such a sweet angelic person and this event lets her memory live on and everyone here is a part of it," said Ward's classmate Jeanette Yung.
"This was a young lady who had a wonderful life, a life well lived, a life of going God's work, and she served as a teacher at Madison Ridgeland Academy and touched the lives of so many others," said Jackson Academy President Peter Jernberg.
Jackson Academy will also offer a scholarship endowment in Ward's name.
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