- Associated Press - Sunday, September 17, 2017

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Services have been held for a Southeast Texas mother who died in Hurricane Harvey flooding but her 3-year-old daughter survived by clinging to the woman’s body.

Family and friends gathered Saturday in Beaumont to pray and remember Collette Sulcer (SUHL’-ser). Mourners at Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church recalled how Sulcer died so that her daughter could live.

Authorities say the 41-year-old Beaumont woman died Aug. 29 after her vehicle got stuck in a flooded parking lot and she and her daughter, Jordyn, tried to walk to safety. Both were swept away into a rain-swollen canal.

Emergency personnel in a boat caught up to the pair a half-mile downstream from Sulcer’s vehicle, with the child on her dead mother’s back - holding on.

The girl was treated for hypothermia.

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