'We miss her': Family's heartbreaking memories of Lily
IT has been one year since the tragic passing of seven-year-old Lily Dorrough.
On August 13, 2019 Lily was playing outside a workshop with her father nearby when a tyre fell on her. She passed away a few hours later.
Her mother, Nerissa Higgs said it's been a tough year, although to get through difficult times she just has to stop and remembers Lily's infectious smile and outlook on life.
"I can't describe Lily - we all just miss her outgoing, happy, always smiling and nothing ever seemed to phase her attitude," she said.
"A lot of people said she had an old soul.
"Especially for a seven-year-old she knew a lot for her age - she was always happy and caring for other people around her."
Lily would have turned eight in April and would be well in her third year of schooling at Roma State School.
Her mum said Lily's passing is something her family remember every day.
"I think of Lily so positively and have a good memory of her but it's something I think of each and every day," she said.
"It's hard to not forget about it.
"And we've had some family holidays to the coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba and we all just wish she was there with us.
"We would go walking every day, myself and the two girls (Lily and sister Hallie), the girls would scooter along and because Lily's friends lived next door and across the road, there was always laughter and them running around.
"We all miss her being around."
Ms Higgs said she can see a lot of Lily in her 12-year-old daughter Hallie.
"She has picked up an attitude, a good one though," Ms Higgs laughed.
"She reminds me a lot of Lily, just the way she talks.
"Hallie was a bit of a hermit at the beginning but has slowly started to get back out there and see her friends more."
One of Lily's closest friends has recently used a 'wish bean' asking for Lily to come back to her.
"It was quite hard for the mother to tell her the wish won't come true but apparently she makes the same wish every night," Ms Higgs said.
"We all miss her."