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Letter: Thank you from Warwick family

It is with sincere thanks and much gratitude that I want to acknowledge the dear people of Willmar on behalf of my mom, Lila Warwick. You have displayed such kindness and love in such an incredibly tragic time. Thank you.

A generous thank you to everyone in this wonderful community.

Kent and his team of amazing detectives from the Kandiyohi Sheriff’s Department; Justin at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home; the kind and crazy retirees from Willmar Manufacturing; Mom’s neighbor Don; Mom’s active friends of Bone Builders class; Mom’s dear and loyal friend, Paulette; and of course, her beloved church family at Redeemer Lutheran.

July 29 will forever change our lives. It was a day marked with evil and heartache. I will not, however, allow the darkness of that day to blemish who my mom was. She was a generous, loving, and kind person who lived life extraordinary. She loved and contributed to her family, friends, church, and the Willmar community. I will love and forgive, as difficult as it may be, as she would.

I also humbly covet your prayers: that justice be served, and that hearts would heal.

If I could please share one more thing with you. At Mom’s funeral I shared some special words from my mom. Before she passed, she left for me a remembrance book. In it, she wrote her “final words to her loved ones.” They are as follows:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Treat people with kindness: rich or poor, black or white — all people

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and that he died for you. I want you to be in heaven with me.

Thank you.

Cheri Warwick-Ekbom and family

Brooklyn Park