Stay family, friends gather for ‘celebration of life’ at funeral service

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 11:14 PM

HOUSTON -- Hundreds came out Wednesday to remember the Stay family at an afternoon funeral service, and many said they are choosing to celebrate the good.

One by one, six caskets arrived at the north side church where hundreds of friends and family members were expected to gather. The public was invited to attend the 2 p.m. funeral via a live video feed.

The service lasted until about 3:30 p.m..

Some friends refuse to focus on the tragedy and gathered at a nearby home for a “celebration of life” prior to the service. They told KHOU 11 News that it was time to shift the focus to how the Stays lived.

Four-year-old Zachary called his sisters “my girls.” They said the girls all liked to dance and hug. And their 14-year-old brother had a never-ending smile.

Friends are choosing to hold on to the good rather than the bad.

“You just take it day by day and try to remember the positive and try to remember why we’re here on this earth,” said family friend Thomas Mixon. “Knowing that they did so much good in their life, and they were ready to go.”

“Their family just exuded so much love and respect for each other, and you know service and kindness,” said Moriah Davis.

The friends said the surviving child, 15-year-old Cassidy, displayed strength by showing no bitterness as this past weekend’s memorial service.

“When you see Cassidy stand there and you see that radiating peace, I think that what you’re seeing is evidence that she has that faith,” said family friend Don Guthrie. “She’s a product of wonderful parents.”

The outpouring of aid has been tremendous.

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