FULLERTON, Calif. — A Vernon Howell follower who was believed to have died in the fire at the Branch Davidian compound was remembered at a service as a good-natured woman who made a tragically wrong choice.
About 100 mourners gathered Saturday at the Fullerton Seventh-day Adventist Church to pay respects to Sherri Jewell, who shared an Anaheim Hills home with her mother, Ruth Mosher, until last year.
“I’m going to miss her,” Mosher said as she sat in a back pew, a tissue clenched tightly in her hand.
Although federal agents continue to sift through the Waco compound ashes, trying to match remains with dental records, mourners assumed Jewell died at age 23 in the April 19 inferno.
Texas authorities are still trying to determine the exact number of cultists who died.
Pastor Charles Liu said he knew Jewell when she attended a branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hawaii in the early 1980s. It was there she met Howell.
“Sherri was so open to people that she became open to Howell,” Liu said. “She became caught up in a web of manipulation and false ideas of God.”