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Beaumont woman uses quilts to honor fallen soldiers

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At age seven, LinMarie Garsee began making quilts. Five years ago, she decided to start giving one quilt to a mother of a fallen south Texas soldier.

Just last week, she presented a quilt to the mother of Nederland graduate, Army Specialist Anthony Maddox, who was killed in Afghanistan.

"She was very surprised. She was a very, very kind lady like all these mothers of soldiers have been," says Garsee. 

As she sews, she remembers the mothers she has met along the way. One mother she re-united with at her son's grave.

"She said 'I remember you.  You're the lady that gave me a quilt. I never got to thank you' and I pointed down to the tombstone and said 'Yes, you did in a real tough way," says Garsee.

Her gratitude comes from her heart, then through her sewing machine, and then it finds a resting place in the arms of a heart-broken mother.

"There are times when they break down and cry and we hold them and we try to caress them and console them," she says.

Because of our military's sacrifice, she'll continue to sew to help bring comfort to a fallen soldier's family.

No two quilts are the same and the material is provided by volunteers.

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