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9/25/2007 - Tyler

Loved Ones Remember East Texas Woman Killed In A Crash Traveling To Church Mission Trip

"She's just the kind of person you can't imagine leaving the world, and not so young either. It's been very hard; it's heartbreaking," said Shannon Hammond, Amanda's friend of 26 years. 

Those who knew and loved Amanda Barfield say she had a great passion for life with an even greater heart.

"She's a wonderful Christian woman. She loved the Lord, loved her family, loved her friends," said Hammond.

Amanda attended Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler. She and her husband Trey, who was also severely injured in the crash, were very involved there.

"They had just begun teaching. She and her husband were teaching a second grade Sunday School class and they were excited about that," said Pastor of Southern Oaks Baptist church, Rob Phillips.

The couple, along with several others, were on their way to make some finishing touches on a church project in Alicia, Arkansas.

"This was her first opportunity and I understand she was very excited about it," said Pastor Phillips.

"She passed away doing work for the Lord and that gives us all peace," said Hammond. 

Amanda's best friend says though she's gone, her legacy and good deeds are influencing almost everyone who knew her.

"I still have people calling me. That happened on Thursday and people are just still in shock. They remember her from years ago and they know what an impact she's made on people."

Her tragic death is also bringing a church community closer together.

"A lot of the church was very hurt. People were asking questions on Sunday, but there's also just been a renewed commitment that we're going to finish that church in Arkansas. We're not going to let this stop us.

Courtney Lane, Reporting. 

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