Mother of murdered Washburn woman thanks community for support

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Cathy Townsend, right, mother of slain Washburn woman Casey Brace, talks with community members at a benefit event in Seligman on Saturday. To support Townsend and Brace's three children, people may go to www.gofundme.com/jrb1hw. Kyle Troutman editor@monett-times.com

Townsend remembers daughter, father at benefit event

For Cathy Townsend, losing her daughter and father in an alleged double-homicide has been a challenge, but keeping her going are the good memories of both Casey Brace and Herbert Townsend.

Cathy Townsend, of Washburn, said the relationship between her daughter and her father was a great one, and both will be fondly remembered.

"Casey was a very loving, outgoing girl, and she was always a hard worker," Townsend said. "I had this junk house and she said she would flip it for me. She replaced windows and painted and put a lot of work into it for me."

Townsend said more than anything else, Brace was a great mother to her three children.

"She loved her kids and was a great mom," she said. "She loved her kids a lot. Casey was a good girl who was always active and was never lazy.

"Her kids came first and her grandpa came second. She really loved that man."

Townsend said Casey grew up on Herbert's farm, and the farm work the two did together helped bring them so close.

"Casey was never afraid to get a little dirty, and she loved her grandpa dearly," she said. "Her grandpa would stand by her side no matter what it took, and unfortunately, he gave his life for her."

Townsend said the heroic acts of her father were a testament to his character.

"My daddy was the happiest, best man I've ever known," she said. "He has always been here for us and would give anyone the shirt off his back. Everyone in the community loved my daddy, and he was a good man."

Townsend said her father was one of the top truck drivers for Walmart, and Sam Walton himself hired him.

"He was also taking care of my brother, who was paralyzed after a car wreck," she said. "When my brother died, 10 days before true shooting, it really tore him up something awful."

In hopes of raising funds to benefit Brace's children, Townsend hosted a benefit event in Seligman on Saturday, featuring food, live music and an auction. Townsend said the community has gone above and beyond in its support of her.

"The community and the Townsend family have been great, and I could not do it without them," she said. "If not for everyone's support, I would break down. My kids have been saying, 'Pull it together, mom,' and Im' trying. But, we have always been a tight-knit family, and this will not bring us down."

Those wishing to help Townsend may do so online. A Facebook page, entitled "Casey Brace and Herb Townsend Memorial Page," has been set up to honor Brace and Herbert Townsend. A page has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/jrb1hw, which helped Townsend pay for funeral costs and is still active to help her support Brace's children. As of Sunday, more than $8,000 had been raised by 50 people.

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