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400 turn out for Amber Mitchell celebration of life

  • Musician Dave Clark of Herrin keeps Tim and Dawn Bailey of Dykersburg dancing at the Amber Mitchell benefit at Teddy's Sports Bar and Grill in Herrin.

    Musician Dave Clark of Herrin keeps Tim and Dawn Bailey of Dykersburg dancing at the Amber Mitchell benefit at Teddy's Sports Bar and Grill in Herrin.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Brantley Lanham of Carterville, cousin of Amber Mitchell, plays with Mitchell's daughter, Adrianna, at the benefit.

    Brantley Lanham of Carterville, cousin of Amber Mitchell, plays with Mitchell's daughter, Adrianna, at the benefit.
    Kristin Moore photo

  • Angie Jones of Herrin buys a decal in memory of Amber Mitchell from event coordinator Dara Dye of Herrin.

    Angie Jones of Herrin buys a decal in memory of Amber Mitchell from event coordinator Dara Dye of Herrin.
    Kristin Moore photo

 
Marion Republican staff report
updated: 1/20/2018 1:54 PM

Friends and family mingled last weekend at a benefit for young Adrianna Mitchell, after the death of her mother, Amber Mitchell. The benefit, held at Teddy's Sports Bar and Grill in Herrin, raised money for the funeral and to start a trust fund for Amber's daughter.

Nearly 400 people enjoyed live music, plates of barbecue and a silent auction.

Amber Mitchell, 26, of West City, was driving home early Dec. 30 when she was hit by a driver fleeing Herrin police.

She formerly lived in Herrin. She worked as a waitress at IHOP and Buffalo Wild Wings in Marion.

To donate to the trust fund for Adrianna, email John Dye at Jondye92@gmail.com for information.