Fatal crash stuns, saddens Yorktown Western Days organizers

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.
Updated Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:15 a.m.

Two months ago, one of Yorktown's biggest advocates died - and on Wednesday -- the community lost another one.

Lorri Buesing, 50, was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Farm-to-Market Road 447.

News of Buesing's death shocked Lorene Migura, treasurer of the Yorktown Western Days Association. Buesing worked "hand-in-hand" with Melissa Armstrong, the association's former director, who died unexpectedly in September, Migura said.

"This is just unbelievable. Both of them are now gone," Migura said. "She had a big heart and helped us a lot."

Buesing served on the Western Days Association board of directors in the past, but continued to stay active, helping with promotions in any way she could, Migura said.

The wreck happened when Buesing was driving her Honda Civic west on Farm-to-Market Road 447 about 11:30 a.m. and, for some unknown reason, her vehicle and a Chevrolet Tahoe heading east collided near Lower Mission Valley Road, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Bryant said the cause of the wreck is under investigation.

The Advocate received a Facebook message from the driver of the Tahoe, Hollie Wilmarth-Morris, 39, of Victoria, who suffered bruises and was released from DeTar Hospital Navarro.

"My prayers go to the family," she wrote in the message. "My heart hurts for their loss. My guardian angels were holding my hand tight today."

Buesing's husband, Chester Buesing, also of Yorktown, asked for prayers from family and friends but stayed strong Wednesday. His wife was returning to Yorktown after running errands.

"She was really likable," he said about his late wife. "She was honest. Everybody liked her."

Buesing was born and raised in Port O'Connor, but moved to Yorktown when the two married. She fell in love with the community, he said.

"She liked taking care of the community," he said. "She loved being around people."



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