Shoals community mourns the loss of beloved community member

Patsy Mager died from her injuries in a car crash on Monday.

Posted: May 8, 2018 4:19 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 1:08 PM

The Shoals community and the Florence Police Department are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Patsy Mager died from her injuries in a car accident on Monday in Lauderdale county. Mager worked at the Florence Police Department for years and still filled in when she was needed at the front desk. Mager was also in charge of organizing community events for the department; like bringing toys to children in the hospital.

"Patsy had a special way about her. The joy she brought to the job is something I think folks will miss," said Florence Police Captain, Brad Holmes.

Holmes said Mager was a part of the department since he started working there in 2001. Holmes said Mager turly had a servants heart and put the community and others before herself.

"When members of the department learned that she had succumbed to her injuries from the car accident it was very somber around the police department," said Holmes.

State Troopers told WAAY31 Mager was backing out of her drive way on County Road 71 around 7:45 Monday morning when another car struck her. WAAY 31 learned a Brooks High school student was the driver of the other car. School officials said she was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital with broken bones. Mager was also taken to ECM where she later died from her injuries.

"I was devastated and just in disbelief," said Karen McDaniel, a long time friend of Mager's.

McDaniel said Mager was a wonderful mother, doing anything she could for her daughter Katie. Around Christmas Mager and McDaniel would take toys to kids in the hospital.

"She was such a wonderful person. She helped with Special Olympics she helped with Scope. Anything that Katie needed Patsy was there. Katie was her shadow," said McDaniel. "It's still unbelievable she's not with us anymore. It makes you smile knowing someone loves gives in the community the way she did."

Florence police are taking up donations for Mager's family. They said if someone wants to donate they can make a check out to the Florence Policeman's Club and in the notes section of the check specify it is for the Mager family.

Other community members have also set up a donation site for the Mager family.

State Troopers are still investigating the crash.

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