Deaf Student Cherished for All She Did During Her Brief Life

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Thursday evening, friends and family celebrated the life and example of a high school student who lost her battle with pulmonary hypertension on Monday.

Mary Margaret Grove, 18, attended the Kansas School for the Deaf and was student body president, Kansas honor scholar and a spokeswoman for the deaf.

Friends remember her smile and her passion for communication.

"She encouraged parents to learn and communicate with deaf kids and she was just amazing that way," said Alfonso Torres with the Kansas School for the Deaf.

Torres remembers his last text conversation with Grove.

"We said goodnight, love you,... and then she was gone," he said.

Grove was an organ donor and those who love her are comforted that her legacy will live on through organ, bone and tissue donations.

"She was never down, she was going all the time even though she was tired because of her condition, she just kept going," said friend Michelle Plummer.

"I remember her telling me that when she dies that I had to stay strong and that she wanted us to stay happy and to think of her in that way," Lori Colwell,, KSD Staff Interpreter said.

Grove's funeral is Friday. The family asks mourners to donate to the Kansas School for the Deaf in lieu of flowers.

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