Tribune-Courier General Manager
As Landon Lovett’s friends crowded Marshall County High School Sunday to pay a final tribute to her, one friend there had a special connection. Maggie Adams was there when the world would be forever changed for the two.
Adams survived the crash on Memorial Day that left Landon in a six-month coma before she succumbed to injuries last week.
The two had known each other since grade school when both participated in All-Star Cheerleading. Their friendship had only recently solidified when they both enrolled at Western Kentucky University after graduation from Marshall County High School.
“We had so much fun together,” recalled Adams. “Everything we did was funny. We used to drive around singing as loud as we could in the car. I’m going to miss that.”
Adams had visited Lovett in the hospital numerous times since the accident. “I would talk to her and tell her what was going on at school. I believed she could hear me,” Adams said.
The two were to have been roommates at Western when the fall semester began.
“Landon was a 4.0 student and she would have been a great nurse,” Adams said. “She would watch ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and she always knew what they were talking about on the show. We said so many times that she would have been interested in what the doctors were doing to her when she was in the hospital. She loved nursing.”
Adams recalled Lovett as a deeply compassionate person.
“She was always worried about everyone else,” she said. “She just loved people.”
Shane McKenty, who also received serious injuries in the crash, is still recovering. Adams said, “He gets a little better each time I see him.”
Sunday’s tribute included a funeral service which drew an overflow crowd to the Shadowen Performing Arts Center and, after the burial, a celebration of her life in the school cafeteria.
Friends told mourners of a full 19 years for Lovett, who was remembered for her determination, her leadership, her work ethic, her love for Christ and her concern for others.