HAGERSTOWN -- More than 150 friends and family filled long tables and lined the walls of the Wilson Ruritan to say goodbye Friday to Kristy Dawn Hoke, the mother of three who was found dead in a wooded area of Waynesboro, Pa., earlier this month.
"I don't really know what to say, but I know my mom's in a better place," Hoke's oldest daughter, 14-year-old Whitnie Wyand, told the gathering. "I'm going to be here for my brother and sister, and I'm going to be the best big sister I can be."
"I'm just afraid my sister will never remember my mom," a tearful Whitnie said. Hoke had two other children, 9-year-old Darian Ingram and 3-year-old Alivia Hoke, according to Hoke's mother, Beverly Durboraw.
"You tell her all the good things ... She'll grow up to love your mother, just like you do," said Hoke's grandmother, Dorothy High of Falling Waters, W.Va. "Just like we all do."