TWO bright young much-loved sisters, Alysha and Emilee Sauer, whose lives were cut short in a car crash, will remain together arm-in-arm after they were buried in the same casket.
A funeral service for the girls, Alysha, 9, and Emilee, 7, was held in Mackay yesterday in front of hundreds of people who filled the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Milton St and crowded outside the doors; a sign that their lives touched so many.
Among them was a man filming the entire service for their mother, Andrea, who remains in hospital in a serious condition. She is still unaware her daughters have died.
The girls and their mother were involved in a car crash at Sandy Creek on July 3.
Alysha and Emilee were "loved and adored by all family members", the girls' uncle Bill Sauer said in his eulogy.
They were both born with beautiful blue eyes, like their mother's, and loved to sing and dance.
They loved camping with their cousins and having sleepovers at their nanna's house.
Mr Sauer said they recently bought their dad, Mark, flowers and a bright pink pig for his birthday.
"You know daddy's a boy don't you," their father asked them.
"Yes, but you can put this pig in your bed and when you cuddle it you can think of us," the girls replied.
"There will be many times in the future when we will be reminded of these two little girls," Mr Sauer said.
It was only earlier this week he became teary when hearing the song You'll Never Walk Alone when watching the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool soccer match on TV.
Minister Dr Rick Ferret said it was clear the girls had had an impact.
"If we could ask everyone what the girls meant to you ... you all would have something to say," he said. "Everyone has special memories. Never let them go."
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