SHELBY – Doctors gave Stacey Boggs little chance of survival after a horrific car crash on May 5, 2019.

“You would have thought she wasn’t going to make it through the first hour,” close friend Sonnia Howard said of seeing Stacey in the hospital. 

But Stacey fought and managed to stick around for 13 months. Her body finally gave out on June 5. She was 35.

A story that touched thousands

Her story, shared daily on Facebook by her husband Josh, touched thousands of people.

“God kept her here for some reason,” said Sharee Ferguson, Stacey’s sister. “He didn’t keep her here to suffer.”

Josh and Stacey lost two daughters and an unborn child when the driver of a Ford F-350 failed to stop at a stop sign and slammed into the family’s van as they were on their way home from church.

Nine-month-old Katherine Boggs died at the scene. Faith Boggs, 12, died of her injuries a week later at Columbus Nationwide Hospital.

The crash at Ganges Five Points Road and Ohio 96 also injured 11.

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Ferguson joined Josh at his home on the east side of Shelby to share their memories of Stacey. Howard talked later by phone.

“She was happy. She was full of life,” Josh said. “She told everybody that she loved them. I’ve seen people not treat her well and then ask her for help, and she just jumped up and did it.”

Stacey enjoyed swimming. She participated in the sport while at Mansfield Senior. She also loved fishing and mushroom hunting.

Getting close to God

As a child, Stacey dreamed of being an astronaut. Getting close to God was the next best thing.

“Her faith was the most important thing in her life. That’s what kept her going,” Howard said.