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Remembering A Loved One

Posted by Jennifer Ortega | August 12, 2012 / 04:49pm | Local News
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WCBI) - It's a story that has touched the hearts of many in the Aberdeen community, that of a young girl that pasted away last year in a car accident. "Proud is the way I feel because people will remember my daughter in a nice way. She was a wonderful, wonderful girl and every time they walk in this door they'll think about her and that makes me very happy, very proud," said Mother Leigh Mobley.
Last year just days before her junior year Elise Mobley was killed in a tragic accident when her car collided with an 18 wheeler. She was one of six teenagers in the youth group at the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. In memory of her passing, family and friends got together and produced what is know to now as the GEM house. GEM standing for Gwendolyn Elise Mobley. "It just feels peaceful here, you can come here and be happy... The younger people coming up through the church didn't really know her but knew that she was here, just to see how she affected people," said Youth Member Matthew Walker. It's a house they say has brought the youth closer, giving them a place were they can all get together.

Throughout the years, the establishment has housed summer youth workers, after school programs and GED classes. But now the house has a bigger meaning for it's youth. Even Elise's two younger sisters have been a part of the process. "We are very pleased to be housing our youth group here now and it has proven to be not only an opportunity for children to step aside and to have their own space where they can learn about God and learn about their emergence being good citizens in the community but also to have a place for one another," added Youth Leader Thomas Webb

. The GEM house stands on the west side of the church and took a little over a year to finish. Leigh Mobley says the creation of this house has become a part of the healing process for their family and friends. "It couldn't be any better, it's a beautiful place and I think it will be a wonderful place for the youth of our church for years to come," added Mobley. The GEM house was created from donated materials from family and friends of the church.
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