MADILL, OK - Everyone who really knew Maddie describes her as an old soul trapped in a young girls body. They said she was more mature than most teenage girls, and there was something different about her, but in a good way.
Maddie's school principle Mrs. Dodds agreed she was unique. "Madison would come up to me in the hall and say 'how are you doing Mrs. Dodds' and give me a great big smile, sometimes a hug, and that's kind of unusual for high school kids to do that," Dodds said.
Madison's cousin Hailey Thompson says she's been close with her from the start, and that Maddie was just the type of person you could never be mad at. "Every time me and her sister went to do something she had to tag along. And it made me feel like she was more than a cousin and more like my litter sister," said Thompson.
All that spoke about Maddie all had one thing to say in common; she was a blessing to their lives. Maddie's best friend Todd Jones holds the bear he and Maddie made together close to his chest and remembers the goofy Maddie who helped him get past the difficult times in his life.
"She would just hold it in front of me yelling kiss it until I would." Jones said. he hates to kiss the bear...but for his best friend...he will. "Everyone's been telling me to kiss the bear all night. So this is for Maddie."
Everyone raised their candles at the end of the night to the girl whose life was cut short. "I'm going to miss her, and I really love her, but we're not going to say goodbye because it's not goodbye. But we'll see you later."