She was just 30 years old; the mother of three little girls, ages two, four and nine. She was driving to work at a plumbing business she ran with her father, who also works as a volunteer fireman.
This past Christmas Eve morning, her dad was called to a bad car accident. He rushed to the Brookline scene, not knowing until he arrived that not only was the female victim of the crash dead, but that she was his daughter.
The woman's husband tried to have a nice Christmas morning for the little girls. "I tried to make it normal," he told a newspaper.
The youngest wanted to know where her Mommy was, and the four-year-old shared the news: "Mommy died."
The mother of the three had been driving south on Route 13 that morning after dropping the kids off at a grandparent's home.
Just after 9 a.m., as she readied to turn on to Route 130, a Toyota pick-up slammed into the back of her Ford Explorer. That collision sent her vehicle into the path of a Ford F-150 pick-up, which broadsided her.
She was pronounced dead at the scene of the terrible crash. The other drivers were not injured, including the 31-year-old driver of the Toyota.
Law enforcement officials said "driver attentiveness" was a likely factor in the crash, noting that neither intoxication nor speeding appeared to be involved in the tragedy.
The woman who died was a daughter, a mother and a wife beloved by those in her family, as well as by the volunteer firefighters of her town. She was a tireless fundraiser and volunteer for those men and women who put their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens.
Last year's Christmas was the best one of her life, she told people. On her Facebook page, she wrote, "My girls and I are rocking the drums, air guitar, singing and jumping around. Love being a mom:)," going on to add that her "life is perfect."
We wish her family the very best in what will be a very different, very challenging new year and in all the years to come.
Source: NBC News, "New Hampshire firefighter responds to fatal car wreck that claims daughter's life," by Erik Ortiz, Dec. 26, 2013