'I'm gonna miss my mama:' Family remembers life of woman killed in Amherst Co. crash

Linda Perry's daughter, Vicky Cunningham (seated), and niece, Sheila Brown, share memories about Perry. (WSET)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- Linda Perry was a faithful member of Bolling Hill Baptist Church in Madison Heights.

It's where she came every week to worship and encourage others to prepare for life after death.

Vicky Cunningham couldn't believe it when she was told what happened.

"I'm gonna miss my mama," Cunningham said. "It's not my mama," she thought when she found out. "But it was."

State police said a driver ran a red light and crashed into Perry's vehicle. She later died from her injuries.

"My mother raised me to be a forgiving person, and I forgive it," Cunningham said.

Family members said they will always remember Perry's smile, personality, and her love for the community.

"Church, bible study, she was going back to school to get her GED. She was almost there," Cunningham said.

They said now she has graduated from earth to receive a degree of a lifetime in heaven.

They are thankful for the first responders and doctors who went above and beyond trying to save her mother, saying their Christian faith will guide them through the tragedy.

"We're hurting right now, but we grew up knowing that our Heavenly Father never makes a mistake," Perry's niece, Sheila Brown, said.

She leaves behind a legacy for everyone, and all the young people in the area, especially those at Bolling Hill where she made a lasting impact.

"She was saying that time is near, and she just wanted everyone to get it right," Perry said.

The family is planning a homegoing celebration for Perry at Bolling Hill Baptist Church. Check back here for when that will be.

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