Friends and family stand and clap as Emma Butters’ coffin is carried out of the Hervey Bay Baptist Church.
Friends and family stand and clap as Emma Butters’ coffin is carried out of the Hervey Bay Baptist Church. Alistair Brightman

Hundreds mourn for Emma Butters

THREE hundred programs were printed for the funeral of Emma Butters yesterday but within 10 minutes of mourners arriving, all had been handed out.

Almost 500 people packed the Hervey Bay Baptist Church to farewell the popular 20-year-old who lost her life in a car accident last week.

She was described as a “social butterfly” and a joker who would do things like cook a batch of cupcakes and send photos of them to her triplet sisters without actually letting them have a taste.

Those sisters, Melissa and Stacey remembered how Emma would remind them that since she was born first, she was “definitely the big sister”.

“She taught me all the important things,” Stacey said. “Like how to wag school without getting caught and how to make the best vodka jelly shots ever.”

Urangan High School year level co-ordinator Shane Bird delivered a moving tribute on behalf of Emma’s former teachers.

He said teachers always wanted the best for their students but that sometimes they couldn’t help but have favourites.

“She was certainly one of those special students,” Mr Bird said. “Who else would invite their deputy principal to Schoolies?”

Along with the jokes and laughter, tears were also shed as Emma’s achievements were recognised.

Family and friends dressed in green in honour of Emma’s favourite colour which represented her dream to one day live in Ireland.

Emma was the daughter of Steve and Gail Butters.



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