Mom remembers kids on anniversary of plane crash in Superstition Mountains

GILBERT, AZ - One year ago, on the day before Thanksgiving, a plane carrying six people crashed into the Superstition Mountains.

All of those on board died including three children.

Wednesday, the school one of the children attended unveiled a special memorial in their honor.

Their mother, Karen Perry, tells ABC15 the day caps an extremely emotional month.

"I miss them terribly," said Perry.  "If I could change it, I'd have them here right now."

Perry says she's done a lot of reflecting over the past year, not just on what she's lost but also the good that's come from the tragedy.

Perry points what happened Wednesday morning at Lauren's Institute For Education in Gilbert as an example of the good that's resulted from the plane crash.

The school opened a reading corner and a library in honor of Perry's three children.

Luke, Morgan and Logan Perry were flying with their dad last Thanksgiving-eve to Safford when the plane went down in the Superstition Mountains.

Luke Perry was a student at L.I.F.E.

Karen Perry tells ABC15 her son loved books and so a place where children can go to read, she says, is a fitting tribute to not only Luke but all her children.

"Their memories live on," said Karen Perry. "The children are not forgotten. That means a lot to me. I don't want them to be forgotten. I want them to be remembered in a positive way."

The actual anniversary of the crash is Friday.

Karen Perry says, she plans to hike the mountain with some friends to put a plaque in her kids memory at the crash site.

Perry also plans to spend the night up on the mountain and hike down the next day.

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