On Wednesday, Georgetown English teacher Dierdre Furr never made it to class because she was killed in a car accident while driving there.
But the legacy she leaves behind was evident as students and friends shared their stories at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown.
Those who knew and loved Mrs. Furr lit candles, signed a poster and then took the mic to share whatever impact she had on their lives.
Georgetown High School principal Carlton Tucker led the ceremony.
He says Mrs. Furr had been teaching there for the past 12 years and he had just had a conversation with her the day before the accident.
"It does bring to mind just how fleeting life is and how appreciative we should be for it," Tucker said.
Mrs. Furr's smile was something many remembered about her the most.
"She was just an amazing person. Everyday you would just walk in and she would have that smile and it just made your day. And every English class didn't feel like an English class, it felt like a world lesson," said former student Dayna Humbert.
Along with the tears, there was laughter.
One former student recalled how Mrs. Furr taught her satire by being sarcastic.
Someone else said she had maintenance cut a window into her brand new classroom door to let some light in.
And students say they loved giving Mrs. Furr a hard time about her outfits.
"Her crazy dresses. She always wore these little...not 'moo-moo' looking dresses, but she always wore them with sandles and socks," said former student Amanda Vrva.
Some of those who shared memories haven't been Mrs. Furr's students in years.
But Furr's daughter let them know her mother never forgot them.
"She'd tell me practically everything that happened. So yes, I know all your dirty little stories! But no... your guys were...her children too. She loved all of you," she told the crowd.
"I think every teacher to some extent questions whether they will really have an impact. And clearly she did...clearly she did," said Principal Tucker.