An LDS missionary from Washington was killed and her Utah companion was seriously injured in a vehicle crash Friday in Georgia.

Sister Natalie Ann Barnard

The two women were serving in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. Sister Natalie Ann Barnard, 20, of Snoqualmie, Washington was killed and Sister Rachel Beckstrom, 19, of Tooele, was hospitalized with serious injuries. Beckstrom’s father, Curtis, said the two were very close.

“They appeared to have become best friends and had plans for after the mission and the whole nine yards. They were really excited,” he said Saturday.

Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement:

“Sister Barnard has been serving since October of 2014 in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. She died as a result of injuries from an auto accident Friday afternoon. … We extend our love and prayers in behalf of their families and loved ones at this difficult time.”

The Barnard family said in a statement that they are “deeply saddened by the loss of our loving daughter, sister and granddaughter. … Her loving family and all of her friends will miss her larger-than-life smile and the radiance that made her instantly lovable.”

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