By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Five weeks after finding missing Lubbock woman Peggy Merimon, her family and friends gather together for a benefit to help raise money to finally lay her to rest.
"We're just all out here today to have a good time and raise funds to help them with the funeral services of Peggy," said Merimon's neighbor DeAnn Sheehan.
Hundreds gathered at the Elks Lodge Saturday for the benefit in honor of Peggy. The community was able to play in poker tournaments, raffles, listen to live music and swim at the pool. All donations and proceeds will go to helping Peggy's husband and family pay for her funeral expenses.
"They have spent all their money on searches and the last four years trying to find her. They were notified that they would have 30 days to pick up her remains," said Sheehan. "Knowing these expenses come out of the family's pocket, it was really hard, we didn't know how we were going to pull it off," said Merimon's niece, Talissa Astuto.
The family hopes to raise around $5,000 during the benefit, but said any little bit helps. Astuto said she is thankful for the overwhelming support from the community and happy to finally have her aunt home.
"It's been hard, kind of bitter sweet. We are extremely happy to have her home that was probably the best thing out of everything," said Astuto.
If you would like to help donations and checks can be made out to the Rest Haven Funeral Home.
Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved.