A story in a recent edition of the Peninsula Clarion, in the Kenai-Soldotna area of Alaska quotes Grace Brethren pastor Larry Smithwick. He leads the congregation at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
Community members gather to remember Kenai mother, children
For a few short minutes Saturday, a field near the Kenai Central High School auditorium was filled with bubbles symbolizing the loss of a Kenai mother and her two young daughters. …
Jennifer Ticknor, of Soldotna, ended the slideshow she created with videos of the three — several audience members laughed as a younger Adams tried to balance and walk along a tray of eggs before smashing several, screaming and giggling.
Ticknor took Adams in when Adams was a teen, said Peninsula Grace Brethren Church Pastor Larry Smithwick.
Smithwick said he suspected that many in the community didn’t know Adams and her two children until she went missing and garnered international headlines as the police searched for nearly 10 months before finding the family’s remains.
“The bodies were found, discovered what had happened and the evil that precipitated that immediately brought anger to me. I suspect that’s a pretty common feeling,” Smithwick said. “After the anger, the grief set in and then the sorrow and the sadness.”
After Smithwick spoke, the group moved outside to blow bubbles. As they blew, the wind lifted them to the west and filled the field where several children in attendance laughed and danced.
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