Addie Schmeltekopf, 84, was flown to University Hospital on Wednesday night following the horrific bus crash, but died from her injuries just hours later. On Thursday, KENS 5 spoke with Addie's cousin-in-law, who found out about her death this morning.
"Addie was just wonderful, absolutely wonderful. It would be hard to find anybody who is a better person than she was," said Mary Lou, who added that Addie was married to her late cousin, James, and had so much love to give. "She was just an incredible person, and obviously, here she was on a choir retreat and her life was just a blessing to the world."
She was a blessing to a family that is now without a beautiful mother, and grandmother to many.
"I am so sorry for the immediate family of the kids and grandkids etc. Everybody is going to miss her," Mary Lou lamented. "A big, loving, a nice family, and she's going to be so missed. Heaven is blessed to have her."
Mary Lou also recalled family reunions, where she always had a chance to connect with Addie.
"She was just so cheerful and optimistic, a good person, and she brought the most wonderful New Braunfels sausage to the reunion every time," she said.
Mary Lou pointed out that they had a connection which made Addie easy for her to talk to.
"When I went to family reunions, we were just drawn to each other automatically. And I don't relate to many people like I related to her," she said.
Mary Lou told KENS 5 that Addie is leaving behind a big, loving family.
"She's just a huge loss to everyone, and I so want to give my condolences to her children and grandchildren on the down line."
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