Hundreds gather to celebrate Bev and Olivia
A LITTLE girl eager to follow in her big sister's footsteps, counting down the days until she too could don navy tartan as a Girls Grammar girl.
This was how Olivia Harwood's prep teacher remembered the bubbly 17-year-old who left an indelible mark on the whole school community.
Several hundred people packed out Rockhampton Girls Grammar School's assembly hall and other rooms to watch a moving memorial service celebrating the lives of two formidable women.
Olivia was killed in a tragic school holiday car crash in October, and her mother Bev died in hospital a week later.
The school was a sea of yellow, with friends of Bev's joking it was the largest gathering of minions, the yellow cartoon creatures, in recent times.
In an emotional service, there were plenty of chuckles as friends recounted Olivia's quirky sense of humour, determination to make any dream come true, and immense love of dogs.
Bev's podiatry colleagues remembered her dedication to dressing up as an elf during every day of December, or pounding the pavement dressed as Where's Wally at Relay for Life.
Jacalean Wines said of Bev and Olivia that they were "too young and too good" for everyone to be gathered to remember their lives, but they both made the world a better place.