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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Lee Family to host memorial on flood anniversary

  • City of Waynesville officials took a moment during this month's City Council meeting to remember the approaching anniversary of the tragic flood that took place in August.
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  • City of Waynesville officials took a moment during this month's City Council meeting to remember the approaching anniversary of the tragic flood that took place in August.
    “I ask the community to remember the loss of property, the loss of security and the loss safety that we had a year ago,” Mayor Hardman said.
    Preacher Lindell Shelden of Westside Baptist Church shared his memories of Aug. 6, 2013. Shelden lives in Hull Valley, the area located next to Mitchell Creek that was in the heart of the disaster that day.
    “I have never in my life felt a greater sense of helplessness than I did in those hours,” Shelden said. “We found out who are neighbors were. We found out about family and friends. I found out that I live in a fine community where people care about other people.”
    Sheldon's house was heavily damaged in the flood.
    “We lost a lot of stuff, things that have been with us for a lot of years,” Shelden said. “But they taught us that it was just stuff. It taught us that it wasn't nearly as valuable as our friends and family.”
    Mayor Hardman announced that the Lee Family will be hosting a memorial ceremony to honor Jessica and Elyjah Lee, who passed away during the Aug. 6. Flood.
    “We ask tonight that the community to remember the loss of lives of Jessica and Elyjah Lee, who never leave my mind,” Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman said.
    The memorial ceremony will take place on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Waynesville RV Park (located next to the Roubidoux.
    Michelle Lee and her daughter Julia attended the meeting and asked Mayor Hardman to speak on their behalf.
    “Michelle has asked me to tell the community thank you for everything you have done,”Hardman said.
    “But I would like to say thank you to the Lee family, who have turned the table on us by giving back.”
    The Lee family held a fundraiser in May to give back to the community that helped them through their time of tragedy. They have raised more than $4,000 to be used to establish the Jessica D. Lee Scholarship Fund at Columbia College.
    The scholarship will go toward single mothers at Columbia College - Fort Leonard Wood. Jessica was a single mother who recently graduated from Columbia College with a degree in child psychology.

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