BEAUMONT - The Silsbee mom who died along with her five children in a Wednesday morning fire was described by co-workers as a hard-working mother who lived for her children.
Ashley Pickering, 31, who worked at Panera Bread on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, died after the small apartment she and her children shared just north of Silsbee was engulfed in flames.
The mood among employees of the Beaumont cafe was somber Wednesday as Pickering was remembered by her co-workers.
"She was a delight to have around, it couldn't be any better," manager Alex Garza said of Pickering.
She was one to always do anything for her kids," he added saying her kids would come in and always want cookies.
"Our conversation was always about her kids," Garza said
The tragic loss of Pickering and her children so soon after the tragic loss of a Silsbee teen has left many in the small community heartbroken and hit many in the community, like Krystalin Pennington, close to home.
"It's sad because I have kids of my own," Pennington told 12News, "I don't know what I would do if I lost them."
"It's something a mother and a father can only explain, I don't know what I would do without them," she said.
"When you have kids, they're everything to you," Pennington said.
"We're truly sorry about the loss. She was a family for us as well, and our prayers are with the family," said Garza.
Garza told 12News that Pickering called him at around 11 p.m. Tuesday night to let him know she would be running late to work.
He says he never expected to find out this morning that he will never get to see her at work again.
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