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Mother struggles to give daughter proper burial

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An east Texas mother is mourning the loss of her child after a battle with a rare cancer, and enduring the indignity of trying to enlist help in giving her child a proper funeral. Broken-hearted and reflective, Jessica Dudley of Longview still hurts from the loss of her 6 year old daughter Juhmetreal one week ago. Dudley was with her daughter in her final moments of life.

"Last thing she said to me was momma I love you too, its sad but I'm just trying to go about it one day at a time, it shouldn't be not so soon, not so soon," cried Dudley.

Juhmetreal died from a rare kidney cancer. And even while she was having radiation treatments and chemo-therapy, she still went to school at South Ward.

"I mean you couldn't even tell she was sick, running around playing beating up her sisters, it was in there so long that it leaked out and got into her lungs so she was already classified as stage 4," she says.

Adding to Dudley's sorrow, she has not been able to bury her daughter after 7 days.

"I couldn't get insurance on her because of the type of her illness which was cancer. I tried to get insurance for her but they turned me down because of her illness, I didn't want to face it , I still don't want to face it, its hard as a parent to bury your child, not a child so young," Dudley says.

South Ward faculty have joined in the effort to help, in memory of a remarkable child.

"She was a courageous and sweet little girl she would come to school when she was not feeling her best," says South Ward elementary counselor Susan Moon.

Dudley just wants to do right by her daughter , and give her the final dignity of a proper funeral.

"We're just glad Juhmetreal came by South Ward when she did; she had an angel's spirit and we'll miss her," Moon says.

"Everybody who knew her came across her, fell in love with her," adds Dudley.

Juhmetreal's body is being kept at a Gilmer funeral home. If you would like to help, South Ward school personnel have set up a fund for donations. You can donate to the 'Juhmetreal Ates Trust' at Southside bank on Judson road, or Krogers and Super One food stores in Longview.

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