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Daughter, killed in crash, was light of Yoakum woman's life

By Johnathan Silver
June 4, 2014 at 1:04 a.m.
Updated June 5, 2014 at 1:05 a.m.


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Brianna Satberry should have been at work Wednesday.

But instead, her co-workers and family were mourning her death.

"I lost my beautiful angels all at one time, which I cannot cope with. I say, 'Why couldn't I just have one? Why me?' But there is no way Brianna would have left her babies behind," her mother, Beatrice Satberry, wrote to the Advocate via Facebook.

The 23-year-old Yoakum woman was the juniors' department manager at Dillard's in Victoria Mall.

She died Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 183 in Gonzales.

Satberry; her daughter, Blossom Eve Lugo, 1; and Satberry's unborn child did not survive.

Of the three vehicles, two, including Satberry's, were northbound on U.S. Highway 183, and one was southbound on the same highway, according to a news release from the Gonzales Police Department.

Satberry was an only child.

"My daughter, Brianna, was such a beautiful, spirited girl. Always had a beautiful smile and very much a fashionista and loved her family and friends and loved her daughter, Blossom Eve, more than anything in the world," her mother wrote. "Brianna had a presence whenever she walked in the room, but her upmost trait was her loudness."

The loss has been tremendous, she explained.

"My only child, Brianna Leigh Satberry, and my little Blossom Eve meant everything to me, and I lost my future grandson, who was going to be named Jett Allen Lugo," she said.

Work colleagues described Satberry as a person who always was in high spirits and constantly talked about her daughter.

Bonnie Hernandez, manager in the children's department of Dillard's, said Satberry never had anything negative to say.

She last saw her colleague Monday. "She was an all-around amazing person," Hernandez said. "She was excited about her son."

At first, Hernandez didn't believe anything had happened to Satberry until seeing confirmation on the Internet. Their deaths were hard to accept, she added.

"We're her work family," Hernandez said, "but when I saw it from her family family, I knew it was true."

Dillard's sales associate Ashley Shows, who worked under Satberry, said she lost someone she could talk to about anything. Shows reiterated Beatrice Satberry's and other colleagues' sentiments that Satberry loved her daughter.

"If she had lived and Blossom didn't, she wouldn't have made it," Shows said. "She loves being a mother."

Satberry also was a jokester and would surprise people at work, Shows said.

"She was quick," Shows said. "She would always pop up. We're all waiting for her to pop up. ... We're all affected by it."

Another friend and colleague, Brianna King, has set up a donation fund through gofundme.com, called "Brianna Satberry," which has raised almost $3,500 as of Wednesday night.

"I couldn't just sit around and do nothing," she said.

The fund will help with funeral arrangements, King added.

"It's amazing that the community came together."

Funeral services are pending at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum.

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