LIZELLA, Georgia (CNN) -- Mourners packed a church in middle Georgia on Sunday for the funeral of Leigh Ann Barton, the first of 12 victims killed by her husband during a deadly rampage last week.
Leigh Ann Barton, 27, was remembered as a soccer mom and Girl Scout leader by hundreds of family and friends at a red-brick church in her hometown of Lizella, a tiny farm community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Atlanta.
The service turned tearful when a letter from her sister Dana Reeves was read to the congregation.
"We should have been two ladies in a shoe, for we had a love of children and we should have had a dozen apiece," Reeves said in her letter.
The Rev. Doug Davis told the mourners that Leigh Ann was "a soccer mom to Matthew and a Girl Scout leader for Mychelle." She also taught Sunday school.
"I'm afraid there's a temptation to become focused on the horrible events of last week," he said at the Lizella Baptist Church. "If we give into that temptation, we do a great disservice to Leigh Ann."
The minister described her husband, Mark O. Barton, as "evil," telling mourners, "God's love is stronger than any sickness that Mark Barton or any other evil can dish out."
Huge bouquets of pink carnations and roses overwhelmed the church and overflowed onto the steps leading to the sanctuary. Friends inside wept softly as Leigh Ann's body arrived in a white casket about 40 minutes before the service began.
Her body was taken to a family grave site at the Old Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Ocilla, another rural community.
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