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Julia Roberts Attends Memorial Service for Sister in Smyrna

Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes passed away in February.

In this file photo, actress Julia Roberts and Danny Moder attend the Malibu Boys And Girls Club Gala on October 19, 2013 in Malibu, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
In this file photo, actress Julia Roberts and Danny Moder attend the Malibu Boys And Girls Club Gala on October 19, 2013 in Malibu, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
Last weekend, Smyrna native Julia Roberts returned to her hometown to attend a memorial service for her late half-sister Nancy Motes.

Motes passed away in early February from an apparent drug overdose. She was 37.

The UK Daily Mail ran paparazzi photos of Roberts attending the Saturday service. Last month, Roberts briefly discussed the passing of Motes with Wall Street Journal magazine.

"It's just heartbreak," she told the publication. "It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead. 

"You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family," she continues before straightening up in her chair. "It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."

Dorothy Y. Felton May 06, 2014 at 11:18 AM
sorry for the loss of ur sister Ms. Roberts
Andrea Johnson May 09, 2014 at 11:40 PM
I cannot begin to know the depths of her sorrow. Thinking of her and her family during this difficult time!

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