“Scott cared. Not only about Sedona, but about his family. He alone raised his two daughters, Jessica and Natalie, after the untimely death of his first wife, Morgan.”
The priest put his eyes down. Morgan’s suicide was a scandalous episode that the priest was able to keep from the ears of the community because of his influence with Sedona’s sheriff. Although nothing was ever said between them, Father O’Malley knew Scott’s large Easter donation to the church was not given out of the goodness of his heart.
“Scott was a beloved father to his daughters and an adoring son to his parents, who are no longer living. He was also close to his brother, Philip, who will be taking over the family’s financial enterprises.”
Father O’Malley took a deep breath, audible over the church microphone. “He was also beloved by his second wife, Kathleen.”
Kathleen jerked her head up to look at the priest. She saw an involuntary movement from Philip Buckley at the sound of her name, and Jessica and Natalie whispered to one another.
A momentary smile came to Kathleen. Her personal opinion of Timothy O’Malley was that he spent his time away from the altar soothing the wealthy egos of his parish. She was surprised by his show of intestinal fortitude.
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