A flood of family and friends gathered to remember a young mother and friend to many who died in a tragic shooting in Simsbury last week.
A steady stream of people who knew Beth Day flowed in and out of Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville Tuesday to offer condolences to her family and share memories of a bright young woman who was known for her humor and compassion.
A brightly-colored painting of orchids, made by Day, was on display as visitors waited to say one last goodbye before she was laid to rest.
Envelopes filled a collection plate as part of a fundraiser organized for the Day family to help support Day's 14-month-old son, Dominik.
Donations can be sent to:
Funds for Dominik
c/o Collinsville Savings Society
PO Box 350
Canton, CT 06019
A fundraising event is also being organized by a family friend. Details about the event can be found here.
Rev. Wendell Taylor led a short memorial service for Day, sharing a few meaningful poems and verses from the Bible.
Groups of people, young and old, were gathered around two photo collages that displayed dozens of photographs of Day, who always had a big smile as she posed with friends and family. Some viewed the photos silently and others shared stories about Day and the moments that were captured.
One of the collages had a hand-written message to the deceased:
"Beth, You'll be loved and missed forever and will always be in our hearts. Thank you for being such a special part of our lives. We will always cherish the times we spent together. We love you."
Following the ceremony Day was laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in Avon.