Community rallies to help family of Ammber Berrey

The community is trying to come to the aid of the family of a Monroe County woman who died in a mobile home fire just west of Paris on Thursday afternoon.

Ammber Berrey, 26, was home alone at the time of the fire, according to officials.

As of Monday, law enforcement and fire officials were not commenting on the fire, as they awaited word from the State Fire Marshal on the cause of the fire.

“We have been told to direct all questions to the Fire Marshal,” a Monroe County first-responder said over the weekend.

Berrey, who worked earlier this year as a cook at Jonesy’s Diner in Paris, was outgoing and outspoken, according to friends. When people entered the diner, she greeted them with a big voice and a smile.

She left the diner in at the beginning of summer to be with her children as they got out of school.

She is survived by her husband, Scott, and two children, Candence, 8; and Dallas, 7.

By Thursday night, friends were pouring out emotions on Facebook as those in Paris and surrounding communities were in shock.

“Rest in heavenly peace, sweet girl,” wrote one friend. “You will be missed with your happy bouncy little self….God knows you love your children and your husband, and it showed every day. I will miss your feisty little self.”

Wrote another: “Fly high, sweet girl. My heart breaks so much. It seems unreal that you are gone. We love you so much.”

A page has been established at GoFundMe.com to help the Berrey family. As of Monday afternoon, organizers had raised just over $1,300. A family friend confirmed that an account has been established at TPNB Bank in Paris to help the family in the name of her husband, Scott Berrey. Donations can be made in person the bank.

“The family does not need clothing but monetary because they lost everything,” said Ammber Berrey’s aunt, Dee Soffner.

Soffner said a benefit dinner for the family is set for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Paris Senior Center.