NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) -- 17 years of memories in photographs of Taylor Messing as a baby, a child, a young woman.
The 17-year-old's family and friends thought there would be many more years. On Monday night, they sifted through pictures, making collages for Taylor's funeral.
They are remembering the teen who was killed in a weekend car crash as a young adult with a passion for life and a famous care-free attitude.
"She definitely danced to the beat of her own drum," said her mother Kat Messing. "And that was just who she was -- she was the social butterfly -- had to be with everybody. She had so many friends. A lot of people cared for her."
Like most teenagers her age, Taylor did not want to spend much time at home, choosing instead to be with friends. Because of that, her mother said, she didn't spend as much time with Taylor as she would have liked.
"It's so important that you tell your kids everyday. Everyday when they walk out the door that you love them and every time you hang up the phone with them that you love them," she said. "Because I didn't get that opportunity to tell her that."
Taylor was killed on Saturday in a car crash on Youngstown-Lockport Road in the Town of Porter. The car crashed in to two trees after it swerved off the road.
Officials said the driver, 19-year-old John Schmitz, was trying to avoid a car that was making a turn when he lost control.
Taylor's family donated her organs.
A wake for Taylor Messing will be held on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.
Funeral services for Messing are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the same location.