LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Police tape was the scene exactly one week ago.
All available law enforcement rushed to Garvan Street and worked to save 78-year-old Christine McClendon.
Friday, a different scene, laying the Lufkin woman to rest.
"It's a wonderful thing because of the fact that we didn't realize how many friends mom had," Shelley Cox said. "Everybody loved my mother."
Friends and family filled Long Chapel CME Church to celebrate the life of the woman who died so unexpectedly.
"It was a lot of grief going on and then it got to the waiting period just waiting for the funeral and then the tension was building up, but we kept our mother in mind because the first thing she would've told us is 'I don't want you to suffer,'" Cox said.
McClendon lived in Lufkin for more than 55 years and leaves behind nine children, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a message for everyone.
"She would want them to know to stay well and free and always keep faith in the Lord," Cox said.
For the family, Friday meant closure to an untimely, tragic death of both their parents.
McClendon died after her estranged husband, Maurell Mclendon, shot her last Friday. Witnesses say police then gunned down her husband. He died Monday in a Tyler hospital.