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Maybelle Schein's friends and family honor her memory

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Monday's decision to put James McVay to death brings closure to the family and friends of his victim.

This was a very emotional day for them.

It was here at this house in the 3300-block of West Norie Place where Maybelle lived and was found dead by her niece.

But the joy which Maybelle brought to those who knew her will live on. A death sentence for James McVay brought satisfaction to Maybelle Schein's niece Dianna Stelling.

"I found her, and I saw her, and it's my last thought of someone who as everyone will say does everything for everyone and had to leave in such a horrible way herself," Stelling said.

Schein was more than an aunt.

"She was there when my mom passed away. She went to my wedding. I didn't miss things, graduations, college graduation that my own mom couldn't be there but at least she was always there," Stelling added.

It's said a picture is worth a thousand words, and for the people who loved her, there are only positive words to describe Maybelle Schein.

Childhood friend Marge Anderson said "she was a great woman, she was my best friend since 4th grade and like a sister, and I'll remember her this way because I took this picture."

Schein's brother Stan Fetters said "that picture is needless to say one of the great things about her, it was the way she lived, always having fun, doing things for people, that was just Maybelle."

And remembering how Maybelle lived is how her loved ones will honor her memory.

"She was a contributor to society. She had so many friends. She was a role model to her family. She was just a great gal and I hope everybody will remember her that way. Amen to that, I don't have to say anymore, well said 'sis,'" Anderson said.

"April 11th was her birthday, and we would have gone to her house and had ice cream or cake, that's what I'm really going to miss. I've got to figure out how to be happy. I've got kids, I've got to be strong for them so I will find happiness for them," Stelling said.

Schein's family believe justice was served and they hope the verdict means no one else will have to suffer death at the hands of James McVay.

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