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Van Alstyne Family Mourns the Loss of Their Daughter

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VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- A 14-year-old Van Alstyne girl has died from injuries sustained from a wreck on the way to a friend's church retreat. Madison Williams was one of five people in the van that rolled off the highway and down a hill near Loy Lake road in Denison. Her family spoke to Deeda Payton about the loss.

Madison passed away Saturday at a Dallas hospital, but her family is staying remarkably strong.

When you walk into the Williams' home in Van Alstyne, it's not filled with sadness or anger, but rather love and faith. It's hard to believe this family just lost their daughter and sister, 14-year-old Madison Williams.  "As angry as I want to be, I do thank God that he gave me her last breath. He let us be there and he let us tell her how much we loved her and I got to hold her in my arms when we let her go. I'm very thankful for that," said her mother, Amanda Williams.

Madison was critically injured in a wreck on the way to a church retreat. Saturday her parents said their goodbyes and watched god take their little girl from their arms into his. "This past summer Madison went to church camp with the First Baptist Church in Van Alstyne and she was saved and she gave her life to Jesus and she dedicated her life for that so if anyone can prepare she did," said her father, Tommy Williams.

Her relationship with God comforts her family. They say they are forever grateful to her youth pastor for helping her onto that path. "I realized the importance of what I really do when her dad looked across the room and said because of what you do we have peace right now and I think that's one of the best things I could ever hear," said youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in Van Alstyne, Griff Servati.

Madison was the middle child. She was best friends with her older sister and protective of her younger brother. "She was really good at everything. She was very lovable," said her brother, Collin Williams. "She always stood up for what she believed in. She always stood up for me and it was really cool," said her sister, Tenielle Williams.

Most of all, though, Madison had a zest for life that friends and family say very few teenagers have. "Madison was a beautiful, full of life, just so energetic and colorful and when I say colorful I mean she didn't really care, she would wear purple and pink and black and whatever. She always wanted to be the brightest person in the room and she always was. She always will be," said her father, Tommy Williams.

If you would like to help the family, a benefit fund has been set up in Madison's name at Texas Star Bank to help cover medical and funeral expenses.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.