An Abilene homeless woman known to many at Mission Abilene who was struck and killed by a vehicle was remembered over the weekend.
Mary Bowdon, 55, died after she was was hit by a van on South 1st Street. Police said she was probably crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle Friday night.
Bowdon was homeless and known to many as "Mary" at the Mission Abilene where she worshiped. On Sunday the Mission took some time to remember Bowdon with a song.
"She was a little drop of sunshine in everybody's life. Even when she was walking around with that little frown on her face, Mary had lots of love," said Carol Hall, a member of the congregation.
Terry Osborn also knew Bowdon from church. "Everybody loved her. She could be a little stubborn at times, but she really had a heart," he said.
Pastor Chad Mitchell, who knew Mary for many years, said when he would arrive at the mission, Mary would meet him at his car, walk him to the door and ask him if she could come inside. He said he would tell her "of course."
Bowdon sat in the same chair every Sunday during worship. Those who knew her said she will be missed, but they are happy she is not in pain.
"She's not hurting anymore, she's not suffering, she's not out in the cold, she's not in the heat, she's not wondering where she's gonna lay her head tonight," said Hall.
A memorial service is still being planned for Bowdon.
The car accident is still under investigation.