SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Talalelei Lealao-Taiao came from a large Samoan family. Her two kids and numerous siblings were among the thousand or more at Lealao-Taiao’s funeral.

Lealao-taiao, 53, grew up in the Bay Area and lived in Sacramento. Her service was held at Capital Christian Center.

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Family members said they wanted to remember what a great person she was, not how she died.

“She was always smiling. I really liked that,” said her niece Milena Tuimavave.

Lealao-Taiao was behind the wheel of a motor coach carrying high school students and chaperones when a FedEx truck crossed the median and slammed into them, killing ten people, including Lealao-Taiao.

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The students were being given a tour of Humboldt State University.

“You don’t believe it. Someone is there and then they’re gone. And you’re never going to see them again,” said Lekarione Tuimavave, Lealao-Taiao’s brother-in-law.

Lealao-Taiao’s friends and family said her spirit will live on through them.

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“Hopefully, going forward, they put some things in place that will prevent it from reoccurring. And that’s the best we can hope for,” Tuimavave said.