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Heartbreaking farewell to family lost in Mother's Day fire

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: May 17 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 10:12:51 PM CDT

It was a heartbreaking farewell for a Schuylkill County family.

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -

It was a heartbreaking farewell for a Schuylkill County family. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for four children, their father and their aunt. All six were killed in a massive fire on Mother's Day.

Before Kelly Brown spoke of her family, she thanked those who came to the funeral. After a week that started with a fire that took the lives of her husband, her kids, and her sister and ended with their internment, it's a wonder how she has the strength to stand let alone comfort others. But that's what Kelly did when people offered their condolences, she offered comfort when she is in so much pain.

"Anybody that knows me, knew how much I loved my children," said Brown during the service, "My children were my best friends, they were my life and when I lost them I lost everything."

Photos of her children: Joy, Jeremiah, Emily, Elijah; her sister, Kristina and her husband, Eric played before she spoke.

"My husband was my soul mate for 12 years. He was also my best friend. I love him so very much. And I know he's with God," said Brown, "I know my kids are angels. I know my sister is up there taking care of them too."

Her pastor at the Life Center Foursquare Gospel Church, David Poissant said her family is now in heaven.

"God has taken them. And the reason he's taken them, I don't know," said Poissant.

The pastor couldn't answer the question why this happened but he said it's okay to grieve.

"It's not an easy job that you're going to have over the next days or weeks to deal with this. It is a tragic loss," said Poissant.

"Thank you all for coming," said Brown at the end of her remarks. As she walked back to her seat, everyone clapped.

Kelly Brown will continue to need all of that comfort.