Tom Bean community remembering youth coach who passed away

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TOM BEAN, Texas (KXII) -- A woman, described as the First Lady of Tom Bean, passed away on New Years Eve.

Wendi Rogers and her family were driving home from Austin on a rainy New Years Eve when her husband, Steve Rogers, says their car slid on the wet road and crashed.

"She just had a heart to serve others."

Wendi coached the youth basketball team in Tom Bean and served in their Parent Teacher Organization.
She was a mother of two kids, a wife and a friend to many.

"Somebody who gave more to the community that they could ever get back to her. That was the type of person she was. She was a completely interactive with the youth sports , the school anything that needed to be done, she was the first person to take part and do that."

Chad Ashlock, Tom Bean Basketball coach and family friend, says there was a small tribute basketball game for Wendi on Saturday and it had one of the biggest turnouts he's ever seen.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the house and everyone was just completely moved by all the emotion and to lose somebody with that magnitude is just completely heart wrenching."

"We just lost the heart of our family and the outpouring of Tom Bean I think God has us here for a reason and its for this town to help me raise my kids."

Her husband says Wendi's mission was to work with kids and now he says his mission will be keeping his wife's memory alive.

"She will be part of this family forever. We'll honor my wife for the rest of our lives."

There will be another, larger "purple out" tribute game on Friday at 7:30.

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