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Updated: 12/17/2013 08:00:00AM

Out of the darkness, celebrating life

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SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Homegrown Sounds played Christmas songs that seemed to encourage celebration Saturday during the Remembrance Service at Edison State College auditorium.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Marcella Brown sang "Ave Maria" to end the Remembrance Service.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Linda Hughes of the Peace River Writers Club read her poem about losing her mother when she was only a year old, wondering what life with her mother would have been like.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Ravyn McConville of Port Charlotte was intrigued by her Florida Painted Lady butterfly Saturday during the Remembrance Service at Edison State College auditorium.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Like most of the butterflies that emerged from darkness, Sheri Miller's butterfly wanted to stay awhile.

SUN PHOTO BY BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER
Some of the butterflies flew to nearby bushes, while others were carried away by the gentle early winter breeze.

By BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER

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PUNTA GORDA — Christmas songs played softly as small groups of people gradually entered the Edison State College auditorium, really more of an intimate theater.

Dressed as if attending a theater performance or concert, their stoic faces and somber moods told a different story. Throughout the audience, some rested their foreheads on their hands while others silently wiped away tears.

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