HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at a funeral service yesterday to pay tribute to an Ipswich mother and her two sons who died in a tragic car crash last week.
North Booval mother Margaret “Maggie” Halliwell and her two sons Timothy, 17, and Steven, 8, were remembered at a service at the Centenary Memorial Gardens chapel in Sumner.
Three coffins sat at the front of the chapel – a white coffin for Maggie, 45, with two brown coffins for the boys – adorned with flowers and photos.
Tears and tributes flowed as about 300 family and friends of Maggie and the boys paid their respects during the emotional service.
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The ceremony started about 10am with You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson.
Family members spoke on behalf of the boys’ father Lindsay Halliwell and Maggie’s partner Kymm Taylor, both of whom were supported throughout the ceremony by family and friends.
Steven and Tim were remembered as two boys that had diverse interests but shared an extremely loving bond and friendship despite their age difference. Tributes to Maggie recalled her as a loving, caring mother and a wonderful friend to all who knew her.
Following the tributes and prayers, mourners lined up to put flowers on the coffins.
Lindsay Halliwell and Kymm Taylor then walked together to the coffins to place down their own flowers.
The near hour-long ceremony was brought to a close with final prayers before Amazing Grace was played as the curtains drew before the coffins.
After the service, mourners gathered outside the chapel where, with sunny blue skies as a background, three doves representing Maggie, Steven and Tim were released.
Hundreds of coloured balloons were then released into the sky as a tribute to the family, who died in a car crash on the Warrego Highway about 10km east of Gatton at Crowely Vale on April 12.
Ipswich East State School will tomorrow hold a special memorial service for past and present students and friends of the family.
Steven was a Year Three student at the school while Tim was a former pupil and Maggie had been involved at the school’s P&C committee for a number of years.
The ceremony at the school will start at 9.30am. A memorial wall remembering the lives of the family will be erected on school grounds.