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Fundraiser launched in memory of Squamish woman killed on Hwy. 99

Bekah Mann died on her way to her job in Whistler on Sunday
Bekah Mann, in red, with her sister, Joy Pringle. FACEBOOK PHOTO

An online fundraising campaign has been launched to help with costs for the funeral of Squamish's Bekah Mann who died Sunday in a three-car crash on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Mann, 24, was on her way to work when it happened, her sister Joy Pringle told The Squamish Chief Monday.

"She worked at Whistler Olympic Park and helped with me my small Painting business Spreading Joy Painting," Pringle said.

The collision happened just north of Squamish near Black Tusk on Highway 99 at about noon on Sunday, according to Squamish RCMP.

"[Bekah] was a person that you could talk to and she would deeply care and listen with full compassion. She brought joy through the many artworks she created. She loved spending time with her large family and enjoyed every moment that she got to spend with her nieces and nephews. Bekah saw the beauty of life and the nature she lives in. She loved to go out on hikes exploring the hidden wonders the mountains," reads the online fundraising page.

Pringle was 12-years-old when Mann, the youngest of six, was born. Pringle cut her sister's umbilical cord, she recalled.

"She moved from the city to live with me and this was her 'soft launch,'" added Pringle.

"We live together, worked together and she loved the Sea to Sky. She moved here this summer to live with me and all she wanted to do was explore and adventure. Her plan was to travel the world. She was so full of life and amazing. I miss her and I wish things were different. I love my sister. She was so creative, colourful, loving, caring and weird! We had so much fun being goofy and laughing. She will truly be missed."

Mann's wish was to be buried in nature in a bio urn that will grow into a tree, according to the fundraising page.

"Unfortunately. this wish cannot be fulfilled without support as Bekah’s passing is not only a huge emotional burden on her family but also a huge financial burden."

Visit to contribute to the campaign.

An RCMP release Dec. 3 said: "Upon arrival it was determined that a northbound Subaru with a lone female driver crossed the centre line and collided with two southbound vehicles.

"The driver of the Subaru was deceased at the scene and the occupants in the other vehicles received minor, non-life-threatening injuries. Road and weather conditions at the time were reported as 'good.'

"The cause of this crash remains under investigation by Sea to Sky Traffic Services."

-with files from Pique Newsmagazine