Friends and family gathered on Saturday to remember Samantha Higgins, a 22-year-old mother of two whose remains were found southwest of Montreal earlier this month.

The service was held in the afternoon at a funeral complex in Montreal's Sud-Ouest borough, but mourners arrived early to pay their respects at a visitation.

"She was a great mom, she was loving," said Laurie McKernan, a friend of the family.

"She'd walk in and she'd light up the room." 

 Laurie McKernan, a friend of the family.

Laurie McKernan, a friend of the family, says Higgins was a loving mother. (CBC)

Higgins' body was found in a plastic bag on July 9 in Hichinbrooke, 70 kilometres from Montreal, three days after she was reported missing.

Her fiancé, Nick Fontanelli, was arrested on Monday. He's accused of first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a body in her death and dismemberment.

Fontanelli is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 17.

The couple have two children, a four-year-old girl and three-month-old boy.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page, asking for donations to help cover funeral costs. They say any extra money raised will go towards the two children.