- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) - The mother of a young woman who was killed in a car crash is honoring her late daughter by building a park in Wallowa.

Audra Allen tells The La Grande Observer that her daughter, Effie Burns, said shortly before the accident that the small Eastern Oregon town wasn’t as cared for as when she was growing up. Recalling that conservation, Allen decided to make a space for Wallowa residents to enjoy.

Allen envisions Wallowa Memorial City Square as a spot for town gatherings that will incorporate a memorial observation display. She says: “I want to do something for everyone who has lost a loved one.”

Oregon State Police said last year that Burns lost control her Honda Civic while traveling west on Interstate 84 near Gilliam County. She was living in Gresham at the time. Her baby was properly secured in a safety seat and survived the crash.

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Information from: The (La Grande) Observer, http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

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