Friends, family of slain Austin mother Heidi Broussard say their final goodbyes

(CNN) -- Heidi Broussard, the Texas mother who was found dead just days after she and her infant were reported missing, was laid to rest Saturday as loved ones gathered to remember her in her hometown.

Broussard vanished with her 4-week-old daughter, Margot Carey, on Dec. 12 after dropping off her son at his elementary school in Austin. A search of a home a week later uncovered the infant and Broussard’s remains.

Margot was reunited with her father, Shane Carey, this week.

"Heidi was infectious," Cari Laughlin, a friend of Broussard's, told CNN affiliate KTRK. "She was a free spirit. She didn't want to be put in a cage. She was fun. We laughed a lot. She understood. She would have done anything for anybody."

Broussard’s services took place Saturday afternoon in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she lived most of her life.

Broussard, who loved animals and was studying to be a veterinary technician, will be remembered for her adventurous and giving spirit, her obituary said.

"Her spirit brightened every room she entered, her smile and laughter brightened the day and her heart and guidance lifted countless many," the obituary said.

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