TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A Tupelo woman left a lasting impact on her family and friends.
Ashley Pounds, 41, died as a result of Saturday's tornado in Columbus.
Community members gathered at the Devastating Southern Belle building in Tupelo for a balloon release.
The organization was started in 2014 with the help of Pounds, and according to other members, it was near and dear to her heart.
“We were not only sisters in a social club but outside of the social club as well," said Chaquita Bobo.
Bobo said Pounds would not want them to mourn her death, but celebrate her life.
"Ashley would want us to be happy. She wants us to be strong, and just because she is not here in body, she's here in spirit and we will always carry her in our hearts.”
Pounds' funeral has been set for Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Chapel Church in Shannon.