Zoe Madeline Montgomery, 18 months old, was too happy to ever be sad. Sadness scared her.
When she saw someone cry, Zoe would run to her mom and dad for a hug and to be reassured everyone would be happy again soon.
"That’s why I’m trying to be strong,” Zoe’s mother, Moore resident Carrie Montgomery, said Sunday afternoon.
"I know she would not want us crying. She wanted everyone to be happy like her. She didn’t know what it was like to be sad.”
Hayride goes wrong
Friday night, Carrie Montgomery started to get off the back of a trailer on a hayride at Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City while Zoe stayed onboard, waiting to be lifted safely into her mom’s arms.
But the trailer jerked suddenly, sending Zoe flying to the ground near the wheels, her mother said.
Carrie Montgomery, 24, threw herself at her daughter, tearing skin on her leg on the trailer as she tried to save Zoe before the wheels rolled over her. Zoe was airlifted to OU Medical Center, where doctors pronounced her dead.
But Carrie and her husband, Zoe’s father Shane, 28, made a lifetime of memories with their daughter in the year and a half they shared.