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Published On: Sun, Dec 23rd, 2012

Final Newtown shooting victims laid to rest as Saturday services held for Emilie Parker, Joey Gay and Ana Marquez-Greene

The Emilie Parker was one of three Sandy Hook Elementary School students laid to rest Saturday, the last of the victims of the December 14 mass shooting to be buried. Services were also held for Josephine Gay and Ana Marquez-Greene.

Emilie Parker was last to rest next to her grandfather in Utah after services at the LDS Rock Cliff Stake Center church in Ogden, Utah.

“Everything was special to Emilie,” her aunt told reporters outside the church. “Emilie was an example to not only her little sisters but to her family, to all her little friends. And now she’s an example to the world about purity … tragedy and forgiveness.”

The little girl was practicing for a Christmas play and “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Silent Night” were played during her funeral. Her sisters donned pink, which, like many of her deceased classmates, was her favorite color.

Josephine "Joey" Gay

Josephine “Joey” Gay

Back in Newtown, at the Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, services were held for Josephine Gay.

“Joey” Gay had just turned seven, loved the color purple and loved peanut butter.

Hundreds of mourners attended the Mass as the parents celebrated their daughter’s life. Monsignor Robert Weiss mentioned how Josephine liked Barbie, her iPad and the color purple.

“Purple is the color of passion,” Weiss said.

Joey was mute child, but her echoed the family’s description of the kindergartner: she had a passion for life.

Weiss also addressed the difficulty of the past week, how the massacre makes people angry, but cautions attendees how they handle their anger.

“If you haven’t gotten angry, then get angry,” Weiss said. “But don’t hold onto it.” He added how the community can make this tragedy into a positive for the community, so “These children did not die in vain,” Weiss said.

Services also were held Saturday for 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene, who is remembered for a singing voice bigger than her size.

Images of Ana filled large screens at The First Cathedral following her short life from birth to the beach, playing, eating ice cream and dressed like a princess.

“There are no words in a tragedy like this. Resurrection triumphs over tragedy. Ana believed in Jesus. She is present with the Lord!” – Rev. Paul Echtenkamp at the Homegoing Celebration on Saturday.

On a Facebook memorial page, Ana was remembered as a smart and “sweet caramel princess” — part African-American, Puerto Rican, Canadian and Irish — who loved math picture problems, arts and crafts, ballet and “loved people fiercely.”

This 2012 photo provided by the family shows Emilie Alice Parker. (Courtesy of the Parker Family)

This 2012 photo provided by the family shows Emilie Alice Parker. (Courtesy of the Parker Family)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Marquez-Greene

Ana Marquez-Greene

 

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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