Church members and family gather to remember Vickie Taylor, lost in Friday night crash

MISSION, Kan. -- She was an angel of mercy.

That's how one family is describing a 50-year-old grandmother, who was killed in a Friday night car crash in Johnson County.

Vickie Taylor was killed in a car wreck on rainy roads on Friday night. With her passing, her family said they've lost more than a mother or grandmother. Her fellow church members said Taylor had a heart as big as their sanctuary.

"I don't know if words can accurately describe the pain we're going through right now," Toni McCleary, Taylor's daughter, told FOX 4 News on Monday.

McCleary said her mother was driving north on Metcalf Avenue on Friday. Police say another driver jumped the median and hit her head on. Taylor died at the scene.

McCleary said she didn't learn of the crash until Saturday morning when one of her mother's neighbors had filled her in.

"I think I lost it in my mom's front yard. The neighbors provided me with the number the police had provided the night before," McCleary said.

Taylor was a member of Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship in Kansas City, Kan. An impromptu memorial service was held for her on Sunday evening.

"We were overwhelmed. The place was completely packed out," Pastor Kelly Lorkhe said.

Pastor Lorkhe said over 500 people attended the service, even though word of Taylor's memorial service spread only via social media a few hours beforehand.

"When I would walk through the sanctuary, she was a greeter, and she would just give me an encouraging word, and say, 'Pastor, it's going to be great today.' We were so proud of her to represent what God is doing in our church," Pastor Lorkhe said.

"We're celebrating everything that she did and every person she was able to touch. It's definitely a celebration for who she was," McCleary said.

Mission Police said the other driver involved in that accident was taken to a nearby hospital. Police have yet to release that driver's name or condition.

Taylor's family has built this GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her services and burial.