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Memorial service honors Owasso teacher

Posted at 8:18 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 00:13:06-04

OWASSO, Okla.- The death of an Owasso teacher serves as a message to distracted drivers.

Bobbi Jo Witten-White, who was killed in a car accident last week, was honored today in a memorial service at Owasso high school's Performing Arts Center.

It is no doubt Bobbi was loved deeply by everyone in her life. Friends and family said it only took an instant for her to be taken away from them, all because of a distracted driver. 

In an auditorium full of tears and somber hearts, family and friends reunited under circumstances they can't seem to understand.

"I still can't believe it," a student of Bobbi's said. "It's just so sad, it's just hard to process."

Others spoke of how odd it will be to not have her around any more.

Bobbi taught ninth grade at Owasso Mid-High school. She was a single mother to two kids.

Last week, she was with both of her children when the vehicle they were driving in was involved in a wreck.

Bobbi didn't make it and her children were treated for broken bones and internal injuries. 

Today, Bobbi's family, friends and students are grieving their loss, while also sharing a powerful message.

"This is not for no reason, something good will come from this, I just know it," said Bobbi's mother, Gail Lambert.

Officials said Bobbi's vehicle was hit by a distracted driver. Now, her death serves as a message to those who get behind the wheel. 

"I think you can't ask for a better message, than that you got to pay attention," Kendal Gann, Associate Principal at Owasso Mid-high said.

Students said their teacher's death serves as a sad reminder, but one that needs addressing. 

Although tears were shed, there was room for laughter as Bobbi's family and friends spoke of her silliness and servant's heart. 

"She was always smiling, telling jokes," a student said.

Friends said she was loving, silly and kind. They said she may be gone, but her legacy lives on through each life she touched. 

Bobbi's two children were in attendance today, both still recovering from their injuries. The family asks in lieu of flowers, all contributions be made to Owasso public schools.

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