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Larry and Doreen Mansfield gathered photographs and other memorabilia from their daughter's life as Saturday's memorial service at First Baptist Church in New Richmond approached. Katrina (Mansfield) Erickson and her husband, Jay, were killed in Zambia, Africa while doing Christian missionary work in that country.

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Larry Mansfield's cell phone rang while he and his wife, Doreen, were at the New Richmond Heritage Center barn June 2. It was a call that no parent ever wants to receive.


"Oh my, that is bad news," Larry responded to the caller. Doreen was curious about who was calling. A short time later Larry shared the news that their daughter, Katrina Erickson, 26, and her husband, Jay Erickson, had perished in an airplane crash in Zambia, Africa just hours before.

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