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DESOTO COUNTY. Miss. (FOX13) -

A group of DeSoto County, Miss., friends will recognize one of the founding members of their family theatre, Cindy Lipscomb, who died in 2012 from a brain tumor.

The fundraising dinner and entertainment tribute this week completes the circle of giving for a woman who lost two beautiful girls in an unthinkable train wreck.

But Lipscomb never gave into the grief that has engulfed others who faced a similar kind of loss.

Instead Mrs. Lipscomb doubled down on life, faith, family and the theatre.

She wouldn't accept no as an answer. It had to be something as tough as deadly brain cancer to slow her down and even that, Lipscomb fought for months and months. She lost that battle in August 2012. But she won her war, the war was for her surviving daughter Jesse Anne.

Jesse Anne and her husband surrounded her with people and the arts.

"She didn't know a stranger," Jesse Anne said. "She was the most selfless person I knew."

Selfless and faithful. Ask anyone.  How else could she lose two daughters in that horrific March 1999 Spring Break truck-train wreck in Chicago. Eleven people died that day, including her daughters Rainey and Lacey, and one of her best friends June and her grandchild.

Not only did lLipscomb eventually push back the suffocating grief, she mustered enough determination to convince her North Mississippi community to support a theatre.

"She's the one that called us up," recalled Donna Wieronski, friend. "We're going to start a theatre."

Her friend Donna said everyone she called among the five founding families agreed to pitch in. The Memphis State cheerleader and lifelong dancer laid the foundation.

Their first production for the now renamed the DeSoto Family Theatre was in the fall of 2001 with a production of "Annie."

Eleven years later, Mrs. Lipscomb passed away.

"Every day. I do struggle every day," Donna said. "She's still with us every day."

The theatre's first fundraising event will honor the passion and service of Mrs. Lipscomb.
 
"It is more focused on my mom and to theatre," Jesse Anne said, who produced a YouTube tribute to her mom shortly after her death. Jesse Anne is now in college and just like her mom Cindy, she has a passion for the arts and an appreciation for the love being shown in memory of her mom.

"To be able to have something going to be yearly thing in my mom's memory is comforting," Jesse Anne said.

The fundraiser will take place Friday, Nov. 1 at the Landers Center in Southaven.

 

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