Shirley Brady
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'A future promise is gone'
Slain 6-year-old buried in Georgia
By PATRICIA J. MAYS
Associated Press

January 1, 1997

It was a dismal homecoming Tuesday for the family of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey as they mourned the child beauty queen in the church where she was baptized and where her parents were married.

Her funeral came five days after she was found strangled in the basement of her family's luxury home in Boulder.

Her casket was adorned with pink flowers, and a small white teddy bear sat next to it at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

Her mother, veiled in black, wept during the funeral service.

"When a child is lost, one feels that a part of a future promise is gone," the Rev. W. Frank Harrington told mourners. "All of us who are parents fully expect that our children will live long after we are gone."

The family moved from Atlanta to Boulder in 1991. The girl's body was discovered Thursday in the family's Tudor-style home about eight hours after she was reported kidnapped.

Harrington made little mention of the girl's killing.

"I promise you today, she is safe and secure in the hands of the Lord," he said.

Many wept at the hymn "Jesus Loves Me."

JonBenet was buried at a cemetery in suburban Marietta. Her parents and other relatives placed yellow long-stemmed roses on her casket before it was lowered into the ground.

Shirley Brady of Americus, Ga., who worked as a nanny and baby sitter in Atlanta for JonBenet and her brother, Burke, 10, said the family was loving and close-knit.

"They had strong family ties. They never raised their voices, never argued," Brady said.

A Christmas letter from the Ramseys said JonBenet was enjoying kindergarten and had been moved ahead to first-grade math, Brady said.

The family had planned to celebrate Patsy Ramsey's birthday with a New Year's cruise, she said.
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