Mourning – Avondale tragedy alters Easter Plans

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 14, 2014
An Avondale Estates home was completely destroyed during an April 12 fire. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

An Avondale Estates home was completely destroyed during an April 12 fire. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

The city of Avondale Estates’ Easter celebrations will be a little less bright this year as residents cope with the loss of two community members.

A house fire that broke out on the evening of Saturday, April 12, killed Tami Willadsen, 43, and her daughter Jess Willadsen, 10, and left her son Jack, 5, in critical condition at Grady Hospital. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Avondale Estates on April 14 released a revised schedule of its scheduled Easter activities. More from the city:

The City of Avondale Estates has postponed, canceled or relocated some Easter weekend and Georgia Cities Week activities due to a tragic April 12 house fire on Lakeshore Drive.

Continuing as Scheduled

-April 19 Easter Egg Hunt, relocated to Willis Park

Start time is still 10 a.m.

-April 20 Antique Car Parade

Route altered. View new map here.

Postponed

(New dates to be determined)

-City Fun Walk

-Scavenger Hunt and Local Business Trivia Contest

Canceled

-Dog Parade

The community of 3,000 people is still reeling over the loss of Tami Willadsen and her daughter. Willadsen was was known in the community for her philanthropy. She was she was chairwoman of the board for EarthShare of Georgia, President of the Museum School Foundation and in November was named Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy in Georgia.

On Monday, The Museum School made grief counselors available to students and set up a support room for both students and parents.

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