Angela Fitzgerald started working as a secretary at South Summit Elementary School earlier this year, in large part because she wanted to be spend more time with her two children.
"She was an awesome mother," said friend Tyree Clegg of Kamas. "She just got the job at the school and she loved it. She wanted to spend the summer with her kids."
Fitzgerald died July 15 in a car accident on State Route 248 just west of her home of Kamas when she was driving her 9-year-old daughter Maddison -- known as Maddie -- to the doctor several days after the girl suffered an injury during a rodeo.
Friends and family members in the tight, close-knit communities of Coalville and Kamas are remembering the 38-year-old -- known as Angie to everyone who knew her -- this weekend as a friendly and quick-to-laugh woman who was, above all, fiercely devoted to her family.
"She was 'Super Mom,'" said her friend of 15 years Sara Graham. "Her kids were everything to her."
Her daughter survived and is said by friends and family to be doing well in spite of a long recovery ahead of her.
"She was always a happy girl," said Fitzgerald's uncle Ron Moore, who spoke on the phone from the family's Coalville business, Moore Chevron & Towing. "She loved her kids and her husband."
Fitzgerald was raised in Coalville and moved to Kamas when she married her husband Cory. The couple had two children: Maddie and her older brother, Larell, 12. Before working for the school district, she worked at the Internet and cable company All West Communications in Kamas.
Brendy Pace is someone who had known Fitzgerald since both attended the same kindergarten class in Coalville.
Friends said that while Fitzgerald was unfailingly outgoing and her children were involved in many activities, there was one spot she preferred to be whenever she could: at home with her kids and husband. Each friend surveyed always mentioned her maternal devotion as the first thing they remembered about her,
"She was sweet and friendly," said Tamsyn Webster, who visited Maddie and the family at the hospital Thursday morning and said she was "all dried up" from crying about her friend.
"She was a good friend, a good mom, and a good wife," said Jeneil Woolstenhulme of Wanship, who was a cheerleader in high school with Fitzgerald. "She always had a smile on her face."
"She was an amazing mother," said neighbor Jody Thompson, who then spoke of Fitzgerald in the present tense. "She's pretty awesome."
Friends have set up a page on the Give Forward website to help pay for funeral costs and medical expenses for the Fitzgerald family. The site is https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/m345/fitzgerald-family-fund , and as of Friday morning, already more than 95 people had donated more than $11,500 to the fund -- showing how much she meant to people and was a part of their lives.
All West Communications is also raising funds for Fitzgerald's family. The company will match dollar-for-dollar each donation made to the fund up to $10,000. Money can be donated directly to the fund at any Zion's Bank location or people can drop donations at any All West office.
The day before Fitzgerald's fatal accident, Liz Stanford was texting Fitzgerald about coming to see Maddie in the wake of the rodeo injury. The get-together never happened. "We all loved her," said Stanford, who had known Fitzgerald since kindergarten, "We always will."
The Utah Highway Patrol is still investigating the car collision that killed Angie Fitzgerald and injured her daughter and the driver of the other vehicle.
At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, two vehicles collided about three miles west of Kamas on State Route 248 when a silver Chevrolet Silverado truck eastbound on the road crossed over into the oncoming westbound lane for unknown reasons, according to the UHP. At that point, it impacted head-on with a westbound gray Chrysler Aspen.
Fitzgerald was the female driver of the Aspen and was killed on impact, the UHP reported.
The driver of the truck, Sky Galli, 56, of Woodland, was airlifted to University Hospital at the University of Utah. The UHP said he did not have life-threatening injuries.