funds set up for train wreck victim
Eagle Staff Writer
Friends of a
College Station woman whose father and children were killed when
their truck was hit by a train said Monday that the family was doing
as well as could expected as they prepared funeral arrangements.
Donald Badeau, 51, and his grandson, 8-year-old Joshua Perez, both
died Saturday in the collision on County Road 202 near Plantersville.
Jennifer Perez, 7, survived the crash, but died Sunday at a Houston
Badeaus wife, Anita Badeau, and daughter, Susan Perez, were
visiting family in Massachusetts on Saturday when the accident happened.
Perez does not have any other children.
Counselors at South Knoll Elementary School, where the two children
were in the first and third grade, met with the childrens
classmates Monday morning to answer questions and help them deal
with the grief.
A funeral service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Central
Baptist Church in Bryan for all three family members. The children
will be buried in College Station and Badeau will be buried in Plantersville.
Tami Laza, principal at South Knoll, described both children as
sweet, smart and well behaved. Even though they had only been at
the school for a year after moving from Rock Prairie Elementary,
she said they left a positive impression on those around them.
Laza said counselors went to their classes at the beginning of the
day to talk to the classmates. Though it was a tough day for the
campus, she said students were dealing with the loss well.
The counselors went in and talked to the kids about what we
do when we are sad, Laza said. Some people cry and some
people need to work. People handle it differently and we told them
there is no right or wrong way for them to deal with it.
Three funds have been established to help offset funeral costs.
The Future Registered Nurses Club at Blinn College, where Susan
Perez is a second-year nursing student, has set up a fund at Wells
Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at the bank to the Susan Perez
Central Baptist Church, where the family attends, established a
fund, too. Checks should be made to Central Baptist Church with
a note on the memo line indicating that the money is for the children's
fund for the Susan Perez family.
Donations also can be made to the Don Badeau Benefit Fund, which
will be used to help pay his funeral costs. Remaining funds will
go toward funeral expenses for his grandchildren. Contributions
can be made by calling the First National Bank of Anderson at 936-873-2511.
Badeau had been selected to become Plantervilles fire chief
in January. He served as a volunteer fireman and was a member of
the emergency rescue team.
Mike Wilkenson, a youth minister at Central Baptist, said that in
lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to
Franklin Grahams Samaritans Purse organization, which
buys presents for underprivileged children, primarily in third-world
They were two of the happiest kids youll ever know,
Wilkenson said. They were the kind of kids that when you were
around them, you just loved to be with them. You could tell there
was a lot of love in their house.
He recalled that Jennifer was quiet, but always had a smile on her
face, and said Joshua was in his daughters Sunday school class
and was a great person to be around.
He said the children were very interested in missionary work and
had developed a strong relationship with God.
Michele Salas, a friend of the family, echoed sentiments that Joshua
and Jennifer were good children and said she was impressed by their
faith in Christ.
The whole family has very strong religious beliefs,
Salas said. Even as children they knew the Lord and had a
relationship with him.
Christopher Ferrells e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.