Community to farewell Emma

TEARS will flow freely today as the Hervey Bay community farewells former junior mayor Emma Butters.

The popular 20-year-old was killed last Tuesday in a car accident on the Bruce Highway, south of Maryborough.

Mourners have been asked to wear “something green” in honour of Emma's favourite colour.

On her Facebook profile page Emma listed her address as being in “Dublin, Ireland”.

She was actually studying at a Brisbane university to be a midwife but wrote that she listed Dublin because her goal was to end up working there.

“One day I'm going to be able to write that and actually mean it,” she wrote.

“Until then I shall dare to dream.”

Yesterday tributes continued to flow in on her profile page.

Friends remarked how the St George Illawarra Dragons, Emma's favourite NRL team, had won their weekend match just for her.

Others talked of how they were still in disbelief.

Good friend Tiffany Taylor, who is due to give birth next month, said she would have been “honoured” to have someone like Emma deliver her baby.

“It's so hard to see such a lovely young woman taken from us so early in life,” she said.

“I send my deepest regrets to your family (and) I hope that through these hard times it will bring you all closer together and offer great support to the family and friends left behind.”

Emma was the daughter of Booral's Steve and Gail Butters and an identical triplet sister to Stacey and Melissa.

In 2006 she was Hervey Bay's junior mayor.

Her funeral will be held at the Hervey Bay Baptist Church in Nikenbah today at 11.30am.

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