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More than 100 attend memorial service for Brownwood woman found in shallow grave

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 03 2012 08:22:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 04 2012 08:46:31 AM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

A memorial service was held Wednesday for a Brownwood woman found in shallow grave last week.

Michele Reiter, 38, was reported missing on Sept. 11 and her body was found two weeks later in Coleman County.

More than 100 people attended the memorial service at Riverside Park, where those closest to Reiter said she loved spending time.

Friends and family told stories or a woman they remember to have a huge heart and giving spirit.

"Just a loving, caring person," said Melanny Rivera, Reiter's sister.

Reiter was born and raised in New York and was planning to visit on her birthday, Oct. 11 -- a trip Reiter's mother, Kathy Rivera-Jones was looking forward to.

"At least I do have her home, I can bring her home. Not the way that I wanted to bring her home, but I can bring her home because of all the hard work of everyone in this community," Rivera-Jones said.

A department manager at the Brownwood Home Depot, Reiter also lover her Home Depot family.

"There was not a phone call that I got from her that she didn't speak about somebody or something at Home Depot," Rivera-Jones said.

Reiter's younger sister, Melanny Rivera, said Reiter was always looking out for her.

"Made sure that I wasn't getting in trouble, you know, protect me, certainly," said Rivera.

Reiter's family expressed their gratitude to the Brownwood community.

"Thank you just doesn't seem like enough of a word for all everyone has done for us," said Reiter's mother.

"They've put their lives on hold to help us find our sister, and we'll forever be grateful," said Reiter's sister.

Reiter's two children Ty and Alexis Reiter of Abilene were also at the memorial, along with several other family members from New York.

Reiter's co-workers were given the day off to come to the memorial; they wore purple ribbons, which they said was Reiter's favorite color.