Vigil held in honor of Mary Hinton

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- It’s been more than a week since the passing of 88-year-old Mary Delores Hinton. 

Hinton also known as, “DeeDee” lost her life after a 17-year-old crashed into her home and hit a gas line, that caused a major fire. 

On Saturday, dozens gathered to honor Hinton and to celebrate her life. Friends and family said she was always a kind person who spread joy on to others. 

“She was a lovely lady. She was always willing to give her shirt off of her back and made sure we were always OK,” said her great-grandson, Brycen Rhodes. 

Family and friends hope that others will think twice before driving under the influence after sharing DeeDee’s story. 

”Drinking and driving is not a good decision. If you have to get someone a taxi or an Uber....whatever it may be, be safe out there,” said her grandson, Eric Rhodes. 

The 17-year-old boy is charged with a DUI and could be charged as an adult.