LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Thursday afternoon, 73-year-old Donna Ubelhor's family sifted through pictures as they reminisced about their loving sister, mother and grandmother.
"I just see the happy times and the get-togethers," Ubelhor's sister, Rita Hicks said. "That's what I see when I look at this picture."
But those happy times and get-togethers came to an end Wednesday night when Ubelhor was killed in her own front yard on Commanche Trail in Lafayette.
Her family said she wasn't even living at that home anymore because she had built her "dream home" out in the country in August.
Wednesday night Ubelhor was hit by an SUV driven by 21-year-old Elizabeth Wesner, when she was pulling weeds and working in the garden at the house that was for sale. Hicks said she never would have imagined the phone call she received Wednesday night.
"My niece's husband called me and I knew something was bad because he told me I needed to sit down," Hicks said. "But it was already too late. She was already gone."
Ubelhor is described as a caring, loving woman who was often a '"dare-devil." Her kids said she was someone who loved to bake, as she spent 30 years as a cook at Purdue.
"We've got a picture of mom when she retired from Purdue University," Ubelhor's daughter, Kathy Cole said. "She was very proud of that."
"I don't think ever in her whole life that she would consider someone a stranger," Cole explained. "Once my mom was introduced to somebody, they were friends instantly."
"She was a very giving person. She's always been there for me. She's always been a rock, we've been through a lot," Hicks said. "She's just a wonderful person."
But her family said even though she was taken too soon, her memory will live on forever.
"She was just a very special person," Hicks said.
Police said drugs are a possible factor in the crash.
They said Wesner was arrested on charges including operating a vehicle with a substance causing death, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and possession of a controlled substance.
Wesner is still behind bars in the Tippecanoe County Jail being held on a $25,000 bond.
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