With loved ones surrounding her, the matriarch of a McLoud family died Tuesday afternoon from the injuries and burns she had suffered in a traffic accident last week in Oklahoma City.
Patricia Bowden, 73, died at OU Medical Center just before 3 p.m., said her daughter, Kellie Leach.
"She was loved by everybody," Leach said.
Bowden, along with three other members of her family, were injured in the Friday morning crash.
As Bowden passed, her daughter, Karen Bowden, 50, remained hospitalized at Integris Baptist Burn Center for treatment of wounds she suffered in the same accident.
The fiery collision occurred on Interstate 240 and Santa Fe Avenue in Oklahoma City.
All four family members were injured when the pickup they were riding in was rear-ended, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
The 2002 Ford pickup driven by Ellis Bowden, 75, was westbound in the center lane when the pickup was struck from behind by a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by an Oklahoma City man.
Ellis Bowden was able to exit the burning vehicle along with his future son-in-law, Elvin Brown, 48.
Brown said their truck was rear-ended and spun around,
with the truck sliding onto the barrier and igniting, causing it to "burst into flames,"
Brown's arm and leg were burned, but he said they were able to get his fiancée, Karen Bowden, out of the burning car and then he worked to rescue his future mother-in-law before all were transported by ambulance.
Brown and Ellis Bowden were treated and later released from the hospital, while Patricia Bowden and Karen Bowden both remained hospitalized Monday, with the family asking for prayers.
With Patricia Bowden having life-threatening injuries, they hoped for her recovery but feared the worst.
Leach said her mother was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.
Her first granddaughter, Christina Nelson, said her grandmother was a very loving person.
According to the patrol, the driver of the Grand Marquis, Carlos White, 24, Oklahoma City, was not injured in the crash.
The trooper's initial teletype cites cause of the accident as White following too closely, with the report listing his condition as "sleepy" at the time of the crash.