‘Celebration of Life’ service held for hot air balloon crash victims

Posted at 11:36 PM, Sep 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-28 10:02:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. - More than 100 people came to the Cannon Memorial Chapel at the University of Richmond Saturday morning to remember the lives of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis. Doyle, Lewis and hot air balloon pilot Dan Kirk died when the hot air balloon they were in hit a power line and burst into flames during the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival  last May.

Doyle was the associate head women's basketball coach at the University of Richmond. Lewis was the director of basketball operations.

During Saturday's memorial friends and family shared their favorite memories of Lewis and Doyle. They were described as people who were devoted to those around them and ones who inspired others to live their lives with love.

"I didn't know them personally, but I have friends on the swim team who knew Natalie Lewis and they were heavily affected by it," UR student Fred Stillman said. "Everyone was connected to them in some way."