SALEM -- A celebration of life assembly honored English teacher Emily Iott-Campbell at North Salem High School Tuesday, more than a week after she died in a crash.
The auditorium was packed with students and staff who loved the 9th grade teacher. A memorial service followed, also at the school.
“I believe that she wants us to be happy and to rejoice and to be glad for those things she did for North Salem High School,” said Principal Cynthia Richardson.
At times students struggled to keep their composure. Many said Iott-Campbell was much more than an English teacher. They said she was someone who had a huge impact on their lives.
“She wanted us to live life happy and hardworking and also full of love. Our class didn't just lose a teacher. We lost a sister and personally I lost a mother,” said student Alfredo Guevarra.
Iott-Campbell was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 22 west of Salem that also injured two other people on Friday, March 22.
A pickup truck crashed head-on into an SUV and Iott-Campbell's car, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police. Iott-Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 8 months pregnant with her first child, due to give birth in April. The baby also died after the crash.
Iott-Campbell's funeral was held on March 30th, at the Salt Creek Baptist Church in Dallas, Ore. Family members asked that people make donations to the Emily and Isabella Iott-Campbell Scholarship Fund for North Salem High School, in lieu of flowers.
A memorial with flowers and notes was also growing in front of North Salem High School, where Iott-Campbell worked.