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Woman dies in wreck day before daughter's memorial

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A Middle Tennessee family is dealing with a two-fold tragedy after a weekend wreck.

First, they were planning a funeral for a loved one who died of cancer. But, as a 76-year-old mother was getting ready to bury her daughter, she was hit and killed by a truck.

Jeanne Mannes - a nurse, mother of three and grandmother - died in the wreck Saturday on Highway 111 in Sparta.

"She never met a stranger, and by the time they parted she knew their life story and was praying for them," said daughter Charlyne Cox.

Mannes' youngest daughter, Danielle, recently died of cancer, and her memorial was planned for Sunday.

Saturday morning, Mannes had stopped at the intersection of Highway 111 and Taft Church Drive when she was rear-ended by a truck and died at the scene.

Her family had traveled from Southern California to bury Danielle, but Sunday they had two memorials.

Eyewitness Frances Poston works at a convenience store near the wreck.

"When I looked up I could see the truck and a car kind of under it, and it was just pushing it. Horrible, horrible," Poston said.

Mannes' children said it's their Christian faith that sustains them and compels them to reach out to the man who rear-ended their beloved mother.

"God loves the truck driver. We love him," Cox said.

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