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Kimmy Longbotham Laid To Rest After Packed Celebration of Life

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(KCEN) - A week after an 18-year-old Temple girl was killed in a car wreck, she was laid to rest by family and friends Saturday.

It followed a celebration of life that left the Bethel Church in Temple overflowing with people paying their respects.

There was a lot of smiling through tears. It was obviously a somber day for the family, but there was so much support from friends and members of the community.

It was a standing room only celebration, with overflow into the church's lobby; a sea of purple -- Kimmy's favorite color -- and Temple Wildcat blue.

Songs, prayers, and even a few laughs filled the room from late morning Saturday into the early afternoon.

It was all to celebrate the life of Kimberlyn Longbotham, an aspiring teacher and star softball player at Temple High School.

(WATCH: Honoring Kimmy: Friends and Family Remember Temple Student Killed in Crash)

This weekend, her family got an outpouring of support from friends remembering the inspiring life she led.

Temple's athletic director told the crowd everyone, from all teams, will wear Kimmy's #26 on their uniforms in some way next year.

And it's just the latest show of support: Friends have been making t-shirts and decals in honor of Kimmy, with proceeds going to her family.

Plus a student-hosted softball tournament next weekend to raise money by playing the game she loved.

And the memorial and scholarship fund started just a week ago is at nearly $20,000 already, with businesses donating funds, too.

Clothing store Flamingo Grove in Belton will give 10 percent of next Wednesday's (May 14) sales to the fund.

It all adds up to a huge dose of support for a young woman who touched so many lives.

Kimmy Longbotham died last Saturday after a three-car accident Friday night in Temple. A pickup truck crossed the center line and hit her head-on.

The driver of that pickup, 53-year-old Calvin Vickers, was also taken to the hospital after the wreck.

He died at Scott and White on Thursday.
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