Morgan Bookout was a petroleum engineer who brought joy to everyone through her personality and philanthropy.
But her sister Taylor said one thing that did not bring her sister joy was driving.
“By the time I got to OU, she made me chauffeur her everywhere. She would tell me what time her class started, and I would go pick her up and drive her there because she didn’t want to drive," Taylor Westmoreland said.
Morgan’s car sits next to her parents’ home in Blanchard.
Morgan passed away unexpectedly in August, but it’s through her car that her family is keeping her giving spirit alive.
“I didn’t want to sell the car. It just didn’t seem right. We wanted to do something special, because Morgan was a special girl," Morgan's mother Jennifer Bookout said.
The family has started an essay contest in honor of Morgan’s love of writing, with the prize being her 2009 Chevy Aveo.
Anyone in the state between the ages of 16-20 is eligible.
“We want to make sure this car is helping somebody get to where they need to be, and maybe under their certain circumstances, they wouldn’t be able to get there without a car," Taylor said.
For this family still grieving, there’s comfort in knowing Morgan’s car will still be on the road, every mile keeping her memory alive.
“I know this is what she would have wanted. She gave to so many things. I think she would just be looking down being happy," Jennifer said.
You can find more information on the contest here.