McCready laid to rest
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
– Mindy McCready was laid to rest Tuesday in her hometown of Fort Myers, Fla.
McCready was remembered at the Crossroads Baptist Church as a person who "wanted to be healed" from her past, according to an AP report of the funeral.
McCready committed suicide on Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas, the end of years of problems for the singer. She left two young boys.
Several hundred family and friends were at the funeral.
"Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless," said McCready's mother, Gayle Inge. "She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand."
Acknowledging her daughter's problems, Inge said, "Her spirit found healing on the other side."
"Mindy adored her two children. She wanted them to know that. Through much agony and pain, she went to heaven. She is no longer sick. She is healed. Thank you for all who are here. Please pray for those boys. No matter what, she will always be my little girl, sitting in her car seat, singing into a hairbrush. The world was her stage."
McCready's stepfather, brothers and cousin also shared memories of McCready.
"You all know I grew up coming from a broken home," said brother Timothy McCready, wiping away tears, the AP story said. "It makes your brothers and sisters really important to you. We used to joke about how she raised us...we raised each other, all of us. And she probably got us all in a lot more trouble than she got us out of," he joked.
A service for McCready will be held March 6 in Nashville.
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