Mother of children killed in plane crash reflects on good memories

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Karen Perry's arms are always open for hugs.

Perry lost all three of her children in a plane crash in the Superstition Mountains last year on the night before Thanksgiving.

"It's been a difficult year. This month has been a very emotional month coming up on the anniversary. It has taught me a greater appreciation for everything in my life," said Perry.

Nine-year-old Morgan, 6-year-old Luke, and 8-year-old Logan will never be forgotten at Laurens Institute for Education, or L.I.F.E., a school for mentally disabled children.

Luke and Morgan attended classes at L.I.F.E..

There is now "Perry's Corner" filled with their pictures and "Perry's Library" packed with books.

Margaret Travillion, a co-owner of L.I.F.E., said she "walks through these halls and we're able to know in a small way the kids are here with us."

The three siblings loved reading.

Luke enjoyed his picture books.

"If he were watching us right now I know he would be opening every single one of those books," said Perry.

Perry said it means a lot to her that her children's memories live on.