Community gathers to remember Oklahoma woman killed by dogs

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Friends, family and neighbors gathered to remember 82-year-old Cecille Short.

Short died after she was attacked by two dogs on April 6.

On Saturday, around 100 people gathered near her home to remember the person she was.

"We feel like it's setting an example," said her daughter, Melinda Clonts. "We keep saying that over and over. She's leaving a legacy of caring for the community."

Her family said Short would get up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to pray for her neighbors.

She was active in her church, and her granddaughters said she had a nickname.

"She would hate for you to call her my grandmother," said her granddaughter, Lauren Carlile. "On Tuesday, I called her my grandmother, and she said 'Don't call me that. That's too formal. I'm your grammy.'"

Short's daughter, Lisa Carlile, said it's her mother's faith that will last forever.

"She focused on it," Carlile said. "She believed she knew her faith, you know? And, she loved people. She knew God could take care of it, and that's who she turned to."

Short's granddaughter, Alexis Clonts, said her grandmother always had a message.

"Habitual love," Alexis said. "She would always say love out of habit. Don't just love because you feel it's necessary. Love because you have to, because you live off of that."

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