Loved ones remember energetic mom who died in I-264 crash

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A mother lost her life in a crash Monday morning, and Tuesday night loved ones remembered her in Portsmouth.

Family and friends describe Ebony Taylor as bright, energetic, and full of life.

Several dozen people gathered in a Portsmouth yard to reflect and celebrate the life of the young mother.

"We celebrated my sister. We celebrated her big smile. We celebrated her loving spirit. We celebrated her heart of gold. We celebrated her. She always put everyone else before her," said her sister, Nicki Ratliff.

The crash happened Monday morning on I-264 in Chesapeake.

Family members said Ebony had worked overnight at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and was taking her daughters, ages 4 and 6, to school that morning when the crash happened.

Police said the 28-year-old and one of the girls were ejected from the vehicle.

Family said Tuesday both little girls have been released from the hospital. They said they were treated on the same floor where their mom worked.

“She was kind. She was loving. She just brought joy to everyone's life,” said Ebony's grandmother, Alisha Pembleton.

"We're trusting in God. We know that he doesn't make any mistakes, but she was a wonderful young lady and she lived a wonderful life. She blessed many people," said her brother-in-law, Ronnie Ratliff.

Tuesday evening there were a lot of tears as her loved ones lit candles and prayed.

Relatives said she was one of six siblings and went to Western Branch High School.

"I'm just overwhelmed right now and I miss her, I really do," said Pembleton.

The family is raising money her young daughters and her funeral expenses. Click here to donate to the family's GoFundMe.

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