It had been just over a year since the last time I saw Louise Pulliam, my sister-in-law's mother. While I never saw her frequently, every Christmas for several years after I got married and then even less often during the last few years, I knew her well enough to say that she was one of the kindest, most loving people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
Last night I went to say goodbye for the final time. Judging by the crowd at the funeral home, I think most of Harrodsburg, maybe even most of Mercer County, was there too. People were standing in line for an hour and a half or more to express their condolences to the family.
It was clear that she was well-loved by the community. Their grief and shock at her death was made worse by the fact that it wasn't caused by old age or illness, she was murdered in her home by a former neighbor.
17-year-old Lee Anderson came to her door asking for a glass of water. He then stabbed her to death and rummaged through the house, stealing what he could carry.
Goodbye, Mrs. P., you deserved so much better than this.Posted by marybeth at January 16, 2006 01:12 PM Family