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'Beautiful, powerful' woman mourned

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HUNDREDS of mourners packed a St. Boniface church Monday to grieve for a sunny 20-year-old woman who was hailed as kind and generous to family and friends.

About 400 people attended Archibald Street's Holy Family Parish for Ashton Charlene Lemire's funeral, after the young woman was killed last Wednesday morning.

Police said Lemire's Jeep Cherokee collided with a GMC Envoy as the young woman drove southbound on Clifton Street at the intersection of St. Matthew's Avenue.

A priest officiating at the funeral compared Lemire's life to a ship disappearing over the horizon, adding that Lemire's life continues in heaven.

Loud sobs broke out Monday afternoon as a black urn carrying Lemire's cremated ashes was carried out of the church by an usher at the end of the 40-minute service.

Lemire's obituary in the Free Press noted the high school graduate loved dancing and travelling, as well as spending time with her family. She was a finalist in a city-wide fashion show last year at the Empire Cabaret.

Lemire's parents, Christine Lemire and Tim Daniels, leaned on friends and relatives as they walked weeping from the service.

A Facebook memorial to the part-time model and Tavern United waitress features tributes from friends who said Lemire was a "beautiful and powerful girl."

"She walked with such elegance and grace, her smile could fill the room with love," noted one Facebook writer.

"She will be missed by all."

Police said following the accident that alcohol and speed were not considered to be factors in Lemire's death.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 13, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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