Christopher Betsworth will never forget how his sister, Jennifer Donaldson, helped carry him home after he had been hurt when they were children.
"(I) Sprained both my ankles, so here's my sister trying to drive me, my little sister, trying to drive me down the street on one of those old banana seat bikes, crying and screaming to get up a hill while I'm sitting on the back," Betsworth said.
Whether it was a family member, friend, or stranger, Betsworth said Donaldson was a kind woman and always helped anyone she could.
"She was the kind of person that if you were in trouble, she would come in, bring you into her home and help you out any way she could," Betsworth said.
Authorities found her unconscious in her burning home on August 14 and pronounced her dead on scene. Her four kids, ages 5, 7, 15 and 17, were not home.
"The older kids, now that things have calmed down, it's starting to hit them and it's starting to hit them a bit harder. The younger kids, I don't know if they fully understand it," Betsworth said.
The fire took everything, including their clothes. Betsworth says he is trying to make sure his nieces and nephews regain the necessities, but sometimes that is not enough.
"They'll ask about the toys. Right now the little ones are asking, 'What about my bike? What about my bike?' You'll see it in a pile outside of the house," Betsworth said.
Family members have set up a Jennifer Donaldson Benefit Fund to help cover funeral expenses. It is at the Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union. You can also donate clothes and toys to First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls at 401 South Spring Avenue. More important than financial help, Betsworth wants to make sure these four children always carry their mother's memory with them.
"That's our job as a family, to make sure their mother is not forgotten. That they remember the good things she did with them," Betsworth said.