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Lowcountry native, Olympian announces funeral plans for her mother


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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Raven Saunders, who lost her mother while competing in the Tokyo Olympics, said she will be laid to rest Thursday.

Clarissa Saunders, 50, died Aug. 3, just days after her daughter won a silver medal in the shot put competition.

In a tweet posted Wednesday morning, Raven Saunders said a public viewing will be held Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Palmetto Mortuary.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday at noon at Royal Missionary Baptist Church, the tweet states.

Masks are required at all services, the tweet states.

Saunders returned to Charleston over the weekend and spoke briefly about the bittersweet week of winning the silver medal and losing her mother just days apart.

“Honestly, I feel like the biggest takeaway was the fact that my mom was watching me,” she said. “I’ve had so many people send me so many pictures and videos of her with it like a smile is bigger than I’ve ever seen on her face before.”

Saunders died while in Florida where she had been attending Olympic watch parties.

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