'She lived a beautiful life': Woman dies after granddaughter's grad ceremony
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CREATED May. 24, 2013
MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Tears of joy turned into tears of sorrow at a high school graduation. An SUV hit two people leaving a ceremony in Marana. One woman died; medics took a man to the hospital. They were there to see one teen cross the stage, and that graduate shared with KGUN9 the last thing her grandmother told her.
The school district estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people attended Mountain View High School’s event Thursday night. In the massive crowd near Linda Vista and Thornydale: one senior’s proud grandmother, 82-year-old Dorothy Penrod.
“My last memory was of her giving me a hug,” said her graduating granddaughter, Shelby Penrod. “She had a huge smile on her face. She said that she was very proud of me.”
An SUV hit Dorothy and her 59-year-old nephew, according to first responders, while they crossed Thornydale 600 feet from a lit intersection with walk signals. Penrod later died, and her nephew is in intensive care as of Friday.
The driver stayed on the scene, according to law enforcement, and alcohol was not a factor.
Shelby and her older sister, Amanda Borquez, remembered their southern grandmother Friday.
“They called her ‘Dotty.’ She was a Texan true and true,” Borquez said. “She had that twang. The sweet tea was her trademark.”
“She was just a beautiful woman,” she added. “She lived a beautiful life.”
They're organizing a yard sale to raise money to send Dorothy back home to Texas to be buried.
Borquez wishes this wouldn't have happened on her little sister's special night.
“You see all these kids celebrating and so happy with joy,” she said, tearing up. “As an older sister, I wanted that for my sister. She did not get to experience that the way that she should have.”
“I'm at least proud that she got to see everything,” Shelby said.
“We're really just trying to be there for one another, to cope in our own ways and to not place blame on anybody because it doesn't matter what happened,” Borquez added. “We still lost our grandmother. We still have a family member that's in critical condition.”
If you want to go, the family's yard sale is on the northwest side at 2966 West Overton Road this weekend. You can also donate at any Wells Fargo to the Dorothy L. Penrod Memorial Fund using the account number 1773067911.