PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas neighborhood is trying to help the family of a mother who died Sunday after a hit and run January 7 in Plano.
42-year-old Trekessa Gordon-Matthews died Sunday, two days after she was struck while she was trying to cross North Central Expressway in Plano on foot.
“I don’t quite understand why” says Tommy Matthews, the victim’s estranged husband. “I never did figure out why she was there” he says.
The mother of three was remembered today in eulogies by family members and her children.
“My mom was a great mom because she had a great heart and she loved us” said 11-year-old Christian Gordon, who is in the fifth grade at White Rock Elementary School in Dallas. “I will remember her for being the wonderful mom she was. Please keep us in your prayers.”
The funeral service was held at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson.
Residents in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas are donating money for the family. Two of Gordon-Matthews children attend school in Lake Highlands and they live with their father, Tommy Matthews.
“One minute they’re crying. Next minute they’re laughing” says Matthews. “They’re up in the air emotionally” he says.
Lake Highlands resident Lynn Davenport initiated an email campaign soliciting donations for the family.
“For Tommy, just knowing that he’s not in isolation any more. Just coming out and living in community with people and sharing his struggles, they’re willing to help and it’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up” says Davenport, whose children also attend White Rock Elementary.
As of today more than $2700 has been donated to the family on a website called thefamilyshadetree.org
Rob Poyner, who developed the website, says 100-percent of the money donated for Tommy Matthews and his family will go to the family.
“I’ve seen our community do that before. Lake Highlands is just filled with wonderful families who want to help and if they see their brother struggling, they just step up and help” says Davenport, who initiated an email campaign asking for donations for the victim’s family.
Matthews says he was struggling, financially, before Gordon-Williams was killed. He has been caring for his three children since separating from his wife. Matthews was laid off from his job a year ago and has been participating in an employment ministry at Watermark Community Church called Careers in Motion. His efforts to find employment were unsuccessful until after his wife died. This week a local church offered Matthews a job as a janitor.
“Lynn’s been a big friend and I don’t know what I’d do without Lynn” says Matthews. “She’s just been a big blessing.”
Even though they were estranged Matthews says he never stopped loving his wife.
“She was a warm, beautiful, energetic woman” says Matthews. “Her dream was to be a nurse. She talked about that the whole time we were together” he says.