Molly Humes’ life hasn’t been the same since losing her 23-year-old daughter three years ago due to the effects of heroin.

Humes said her daughter, Megan Gilbert, had struggled with addiction, but had gone to treatment.

“It grabbed ahold of her and did not let go,” Humes said. “She knew she was sick, but I didn’t know she was sick as she was.”

Humes, who works at the front desk of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, said that her daughter was attempting to get clean, but that her body was shutting down.

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“She asked me to help her die and I said, ‘I’d rather help you live,'” Humes said, describing a conversation she once had with her daughter.

Gilbert had come back from a one-month stay of drug treatment in St. Louis after a couple from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church drove her there. However, those efforts proved to be unsuccessful.

Humes said her daughter’s struggles wasn’t something she personally shared with many people, but was discussed with Pastor Mark Teike and his wife Debbie. Gilbert had went to treatment centers in Indianapolis and a second location before going to St. Louis, Humes added.

Humes also said she’s been able to share her story through the church’s intensive outpatient treatment program that meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

“I have been placed in the perfect spot for a sad time to help me work with that grief and just to feel joy again,” she said.

Gilbert left behind a 5-year-old daughter, Briella Rae. Humes described her daughter as an individual with a very kind spirit.

“My world has definitely been different since she’s been gone,” Humes said.

Molly Humes family

Molly Humes, who lives in Columbus, has a son Mitchell, who is married to his wife Jasmine. Humes, who currently works at the front desk of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, is also a grandmother to 5-year-old Briella Rae, who is the daughter of the late Megan Gilbert.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com