Family celebrates life of stabbing victim

Family and friends celebrated the life of Melinda Denny at Harvest Church in Mobile Friday, March 7.

Denny disappeared February 22 with a man named Jonathan Nall who is charged in her stabbing death.

Denny’s body was found in a wooded area in Louisiana Thursday, February 27.

Family and friends who gathered at Harvest Church to pay their respects say Denny had a fun loving spirit and a kind heart.

“Just absolutely one of those doting mothers you know the one where when the kids are doing something there’s a smile on her face and she just relished in their accomplishments,” said Pamela Madden-Watts, Denny’s aunt.

Watts said having everyone come together for the service gives the family support and helps them heal.

“It means the world to us that people actually come out and want to share in the celebration of Melinda’s life. That helps us cope and say goodbye a lot easier knowing that she was loved by so many people and they’re willing to take their time and come and join in with us and our farewells,” Watts said.

Watts says through the tears and the pain, she’s focusing on the happy times she spent with Denny. She says Denny always wore a bright smile and lived a fun spontaneous life. Watt’s says she can see Denny in her children.

“They are just wonderful kids and  they help us remember her because we can see her in them every which way,” Watts said.

Even though it’s goodbye for now, Watts says it’s not goodbye forever.

“We’re reminded so much about the beauty of her life and what she did accomplish while she was here that kind of makes it a little easier you know,” Watts said. “I know she had a relationship with the Lord and I know I’ll see her again.”

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