ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Hands were raised in praise, some people clapped, as a choir sung songs of worship Sunday afternoon. It was a joyous celebration of the life of Sharon Wellington, a 32-year-old Athens woman who was found dead in her home on November 30th.
While tears were shed, it was a time for those who loved her to spread the joy they felt in the time they spent with Sharon.
"She loved the Lord and she would tell you that. If you spent 5 minutes with her you knew she was a child of God, and she knew Him and He knew her," said Joy Watkins, a friend who attended Southside Church of Christ with Sharon.
Friends and colleagues spoke of her commitment to her faith, and how she was a source of constant spiritual encouragement to everyone she met.
The community is still reeling from her murder, as investigators say they have a person of interest, but no arrests have been made. But instead of holding on to grief, they are rejoicing in her life.
"Sharon would not want anyone to stay angry or be sad at this time, because she's in a much better place, just waiting on us to get there with her," said Watkins.