BUCYRUS – Eleven years ago, Natosha Bayless lost her best friend in a horrific crash near Oceola and to this day, her friend lays in rest in an unmarked grave.
Bayless has set about acquiring the funding to purchase a memorial stone to be placed at the gravesite of Kandy Hyer by organizing a benefit that will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Dillinger’s Event Center, 144 Washington Square.
“There will be food, games for kids with prizes, a raffle, 50/50 drawing, bake sale and a silent auction,” said Bayless.
Bayless said she lost her best friend on June 15, 2004, in the fatal crash in which Hyer’s car was struck head-on by a semi-trailer truck.
“It’s now been 11 years and she still lies in an unmarked grave as if her life never existed or had any importance of remembering,” Bayless said. “Everybody deserves to be remembered. She was taken way too soon and way too young.”
Bayless has posted flyers for the event around the area and collected items for the silent auction from local businesses.
“I want to help get Kandy what she truly deserves and to make this a successful benefit for her. All I really need is a little help to get Kandy the memorial stone she truly deserves,” Bayless said.
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