Ashley Swart was a beautiful, intelligent young woman that was full of life and love, said her mother, Kelly Swart.
“She had the most unique laugh, ever,” she said.
Ashley Swart, 20, of Cedar Lake, died Sept. 27. She was a 2012 graduate of Hanover High School and was studying at Purdue University Calumet. She was an employee of Strack & Van Til in Cedar Lake.
She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Kelly Swart, and her brothers, Jeffrey and Vance Swart.
A registered organ donor, she was selfless in her death, saving the lives of four people, her mother said.
“She saved the lives of four people and enhanced the lives of many others,” Kelly Swart said. “Her legacy will live on.”
In a college paper she wrote a few weeks before her death, she designed a logo representing herself. In her paper, she talked about her wanting to be a psychologist and wanting to help people.
She also talked about everything from loving everything leopard print, reading and painting.
“She loved to paint and draw. Landscapes were her favorite,” she said. “She always wanted to be an artist. She always said she would do billboards and advertisements.”
Her mother said Ashley was a perfect combination of both her parents.
“She was strong-willed, always a leader, kind, loving and compassionate,” she said. “We will miss her being, her laughter and hugs.”