City of Martin remembers Anna Kate Wenz

MARTIN, Tenn. — A local church remembered one of their most beloved members Sunday morning and are celebrating a life cut short by cancer.

The city of Martin is heartbroken after losing one of their happiest souls, 2-year-old Anna Kate Wenz. She passed away Wednesday after nearly a yearlong battle with cancer.

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 4.50.56 PM“She is set free and she is no longer suffering, and I think that gives us a lot of peace of mind and that makes us very happy,” Kennedy Basham said, who has known the Wenz family her whole life.

Anna Kate’s home church, Martin First United Methodist, transformed Sunday afternoon to celebrate her life.

“It’s amazing how a 2-year-old child not only will help bring out the goodness in a community but will also bring out the goodness in people beyond that. She has just touched so many lives,” Dan Scates said. Scates works with Anna Kate’s mom, Jennifer, at Westview High School.

“Even in the wake of such tragedy, we are focusing on the good,” David Moore said. Moore worked with Anna Kate’s dad, Mike, for several years in law enforcement in Martin.

Anna Kate impacted the people she met with her joyful and fighting spirit.

“She is going to impact a lot of people’s lives just because how happy she was and she didn’t let anything affect her,” Basham said. “She was 2, and she did not let anything affect her. I think everybody will just take on that positive influence on their life now.”

“This little girl is just a ray of sunshine,” Westview High School student Tucker Bigham said.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday at 12:30 with Graveside services immediately following at Eastside Cemetery in Martin.

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