Award honours crash victim's community contribution

Holly Parsons.
Holly Parsons. CONTRIBUTED

THE pain of losing their daughter in a fatal car crash is still very raw for East Greenmount couple Tony and Gloria Parsons.

Holly Parsons' death has left a hole in the lives of her family, friends and colleagues.

That void can not be filled, but Toowoomba Regional Council has moved to ensure the significance of her community involvement is honoured.

Councillor Carol Taylor said council would present its first posthumous award on Monday in recognition of Ms Parsons' service to the community.

Ms Parsons was returning to her East Greenmount home from volunteering with the State Emergency Service at the Leyburn Sprints on August 23 last year when her car crashed into a tree near Clifton.

She died as a result of her injuries two days later.

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The 47-year-old had dedicated her teaching career at Clifford Park Special School to helping children.

She also volunteered at Riding for the Disabled and was a renowned wildlife artist.

Mr Parsons was pleased council had decided to present his family with a plaque dedicated to his daughter's memory.

"She helped everyone," Mr Parsons said.

"She had too much on her plate to be in the State Emergency Service, but she wanted to do it."

He expected Monday's presentation at the Wyreema Australia Day ceremony would be emotionally difficult.

Their daughter was a huge part of their lives and had only lived a few kilometres away.

"They are very painful these things.

"It (losing Holly) has put a big dent in our lives."

Mr Parsons, who is a bestselling author, has dedicated his next book Return to Moondilla to his daughter.

He said the impact she had on people's lives was evident in the well wishes he had received since her passing.

"We've had wonderful support from friends, relations and neighbours.

"The school has been wonderful."

Cr Taylor said Ms Parsons was "a truly remarkable woman".

"I know I was personally very distressed by her death," Cr Taylor said.

"She was an amazing young lady who had empathy for anyone who crossed her path.

"When you met Holly, you were immediately struck by how special she was."

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