Hervey Bay girl Emma Butters lost her life in a two-car crash on the Bruce Highway at Glenwood on Tuesday.
Hervey Bay girl Emma Butters lost her life in a two-car crash on the Bruce Highway at Glenwood on Tuesday.

Tributes pour in for lost triplet

SHE WAS smart, funny and wise beyond her years but until she made her mark on the world Emma Butters was best known for being one of  “the triplets”.

Throughout school Emma and her triplet sisters Melissa and Stacey were rarely seen around town without each other.

Born to parents Gail and Steve in 1990, Emma and her sisters formed a close bond and shared special moments including milestone birthdays and their high school graduation.

Emma died instantly in a head-on crash on the Bruce Highway, 400m north of the Glenwood State School, as she was travelling to univeristy in Brisbane on Tuesday morning.

Yesterday messages of love and support flooded not only Emma’s Facebook page but also the pages belonging to the best friends she left behind.

On Stacey’s page Katie Stevens said “God be with you and your family Stacey. Thinking of you all at such horrific and heart breaking time. Stay strong and God bless.”

Emma was studying to be a midwife at the Australian Catholic University.

Close friend Emily Cheesman she deserved to be remembered as “so much more than any statistic”.

“Emma, today is the day mine and every friend I know have had their heart broken,” Ms Cheesman said. “I’m so lucky to have been your friend. I will plant a few sun flowers in my yard tomorrow and one of them will be fake. I will miss you until the last of them dies.”

On Emma’s page Benjamin Fox said “Emma Butters who would have thought a girl could break my heart? You’ve managed to buddy. You always managed to put a smile on everyone’s face. You’ll be missed deeply by all.”

Gympie Times


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