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March 22, 2013

Family prepares to lay mom, kids to rest

Jaime Clutter’s father speaks of sorrow

ABERDEEN, Wash. — More than a week after they were discovered in a shallow creek in New Albany, it’s unclear whether Jaime Clutter and her children will be coming back to Aberdeen or will be laid to rest in what was their new home.

Memorials are in the works for the 35-year-old woman and her children, Brandon, 10, and Katelyn, 6 months, in Washington state and New Albany, where they moved about three months ago. Jaime Clutter’s father, Bill Pink, said earlier this week that he and her mother would likely attend an Indiana funeral service tentatively set for Saturday.

“As soon as that gets concrete, I think we’ll probably do a memorial over here,” Pink told The Daily World. 

His daughter and grandchildren lived in Aberdeen all their lives, he said, connected to a large group of extended family and friends.

Pink said the cost involved might prevent the family from bringing them home for burial.

“The cost is really pretty high to do all that,” Pink said.

The family’s church, The World of Praise United Pentecostal Church in Hoquiam, Wash., has set up a donation page to help the family with the various expenses. Joyce Smith, wife of the Rev. Ronald Smith, said the family would never ask for such help, but the congregation wanted to do something to lighten the burden of memorials, air travel and other expenses that may come up.

“They’re all family people. Their family is very close, they’re very faithful people. They’ve been faithful to the church, and they’re faithful to each other,” she said.

“This family is just so unique, they are above reproach. They are the finest people I’ve ever met,” Ronald Smith said. “On a scale of 1 to 10, they’re above 10.”

Jaime Clutter and the children attended the church nearly all their lives until their move to Indiana in late December. Her father was assistant pastor for 25 years and was promoted to pastor last August.

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