By DANI BLACKBURN
Bowie High School students and staff are finding solace in one another as they grieve the death of their classmate, 17-year-old senior Madison Waldrip.
The fun-loving, kind senior whose life ended far too soon will be remembered at 2 p.m. Wednesday with her funeral in the Bowie High School gymnasium. Friends and family gathered at The White Funeral Home on Tuesday night for visitation.
BHS was set to release early at 12:11 p.m. Wednesday in respect of the service.
Members of the senior class and other close friends have gathered for dinners and other activities since the tragic Nov. 9 car accident north of Bowie that claimed the life of Waldrip.
On Monday, the crisis counseling team from the Region 9 Education Service Center was available to students and staff, along with counselors from North Texas Central College and Mark Neese, counselor at Bowie Elementary.
“We set up in the gymnasium and they were able to come and visit as needed,” said BHS Principal Blake Enlow.
A staff debrief session also took place in the library Monday for those who wanted to talk.
“Madison was a great kid who was very passionate about everything she did,” explained Enlow. “She was determined to graduate early and also a hard worker who worked multiple jobs. Madison always had a smile on her face. She was a friend to all.”
Waldrip is the daughter of Todd and Courtney Waldrip and has two siblings Morgan and Mason. A Bowie High senior, she was active in Future Farmers of America and an avid softball player.
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