Phyllis R. "Bobbie" Cottle was raped, beaten, blinded with a knife and left to die in a burning car nearly 30 years ago.
That hardship had turned the Cuyahoga Falls resident into an advocate for victims' rights and the rights of the blind.
Cottle spent years being a vocal advocate and died Jan. 25 of cancer at the age of 73.
Cottle's daughter Dianne Cannady told the Record-Courier the family will continue a letter-writing campaign to the Ohio Parole Authority when her assailant, Samuel Herring, is eligible for parole in July 2019.
See photos of Cottle on Ohio.com. Those include a photo of Cottle teaching students about blindness at the Hillcrest elementary school in Bath.
Have you ever gotten the chance to meet Cottle or hear her at a speaking engagement? Tell us in the comments.