by Jeff Small
Former KMOX radio personality Nan Wyatt's eight year old son and other family members were expecting to take part in an emotional trial over her murder in two weeks.
Instead, her husband, Thomas Erbland, pleaded guilty on Friday.
One day later her family spoke out over the tragic crime and its lasting effects.
Nan's mother and father say they have so many people to thank for all the cards, prayers, and other signs of support since last years tragedy.
Now they say they are honoring Nan's memory by caring for the son she loved so dearly.
Nan Mills says the past year has been difficult to say the least.
13 months have passed since the tragedy that claimed the life of her oldest child, who was also a big sister for Jill Davis. Davis says Nan was a loving mother and the best sister.
Her mother calls her a wonderful daughter, a high achiever and a person always enjoying life.
A life cut short after five gunshots fired by her husband, Thomas Erbland. Nan Wyatt's family say Erbland was severely depressed, in part because of their troubled marriage. Erbland turned to violence, killing his wife while their son was at home.
Family members say the boy is receiving counseling for emotional issues he is still dealing with. Overall they say he is doing ok.
Friday, Erbland apologized in court as he pleaded guilty to the crime, but family members say it wasn't sincere.
Nan Mills says she believes Erblands statement was just for show and that he is not remorseful.
Nan's father says he got the prison sentence that he deserved, and he says they now have a chance to heal.