WEST JORDAN, Utah -- The deaf community in Utah is mourning the loss of Ellen O'Hara-Hanna, who died in a car accident on Redwood Road in West Jordan last week.
O'Hara-Hanna taught for Utah Schools for the Deaf Blind at Jean Massieu School in Salt Lake City. Since the crash on Friday, a memorial of flowers has accumulated in front of the school in honor of O’Hara-Hanna.
Stephanie Morgan, also a teacher at Jean Massieu, spoke with FOX 13’s Brek Bolton Sunday afternoon.
Morgan met O’Hara-Hanna when they were both fourth grade teachers at the school. She described O’Hara-Hanna as a leader in the deaf community and an inspiration to all of her students.
"Ellen was a confident woman who kept her sight on the goal. But she also showed great love,” Morgan signed. “With that love she aimed to improve everyone and wanted a better life for them."
O’Hara-Hanna also served on the board of the Utah Association of the Deaf.
A memorial service in her honor will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf, 5709 S. 1500 West, in Taylorsville.