WATCH: Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Life of Virginia Church Van Crash Victim Wartena Somerville

Wartena Somerville and husband, Michael — Shiloh Baptist Church Fatal Van Crash

Hundreds gathered inside Nottoway Middle School Tuesday morning for a celebration of life for Wartena Somerville.

Somerville and three other members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone were killed when their church van was hit by a large pick-up carrying metal, as it was turning into a church parking lot on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County.

The 36-year-old leaves behind her husband, Michael, and their 9-month-old baby.

While the two-hour service brought tears to the eyes of many, the service was also filled with thunderous clapping mixed with laughter.

The thread throughout the service combined her love of church and God with Somerville’s passion for teaching.

“She touched a whole lot of lives,” said Rev. Benjamin Brown Jr, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church where Somerville was a fixture.

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SOURCE: WTVR6, Wayne Covil