Two weeks before her death, in lieu of flowers, the 58-year-old asked that funeral attendees bring backpacks of supplies for children in need.
“My cousin’s final request at her funeral was backpacks full of supplies for needy students instead of flowers,” her cousin, Brad Johnson wrote on Twitter. “A teacher to the end.”
And the amount [number] of donations that flooded in was nothing short of extraordinary.
— Dr. Brad Johnson (@DrBradJohnson) June 19, 2018
“I think the pictures have gone viral because her story touches the soul of humanity,” said Johnson of the photos he shared on social media. “Her final lesson was to be of service to others. I would say her last lesson was well taught.”