Ashton Hope Keegan, the late daughter of Watkinsville residents Kim and Ed Keegan, made people smile. Her innate mission was to help people, particularly those who were socially or economically disadvantaged. She died in August 2016 following a car accident on Barnett Shoals Road. 

In the midst of her passing, though, her parents found a way to carry on Ashton’s passion for helping others by starting the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation. 

“My husband and I want to carry on her legacy, and I don’t want people to forget her,” Kim said. “We took her passion and made it our passion.”

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) that helps provide women in need with scholarships while the women are attaining their GEDs or professional certificates. 

In the near future, Kim explained, the foundation is looking to expand its aid to helping women who are doing two-year programs. 

Currently, the foundation has seven active board members. Kim is the President and CEO, and Ed is the treasurer. 

For more on this story, see the June 27 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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