ANCHORAGE – Friends and family gathered at the Cartee softball fields to remember Andrea Grigsby-Conley, the woman killed in a car crash on the Richardson Highway on Wednesday.
Grigsby-Conley was on her way to Valdez for work when she hit a moose near Tonsina and was killed in the wreck.
Grigsby-Conley was well known in the softball community and played on several co-ed and women’s teams.
Teammates and friends sported memorial shirts with her number 21 and a halo on the sleeve.
Dozens gathered in the outfield holding ballons and lanterns.
“She was my best friend,” said Tanya Hutchinson. “She’s the last person I ever thought I’d have to do this for.”
“Andrea has been giving us some signs over these past couple days,” said Hutchinson as a gust of wind blew through the crowd. “Like this,” she laughed through the tears.
Purple and pink balloons dotted the sky as friends watched, hugged and cried.
Hutchinson said she’s also working to organize a memorial scholarship fund for her son Desmond, a senior at Dimond High School.