Tragically, both girls died in a car accident this summer. But their smiles and sweet spirit have not been forgotten.
On Tuesday evening, October 16, in front of Clarkton School, 190 pink balloons were sent off by former classmates, teachers, friends and family honoring the six and nine years old.
Those gathered were led in prayer and kind words were spoken about the girls.
Then the balloons were released.
The wind caught the balloons, each of which had attached information about the girls and the town they were from, and carried them away.
According to the girls mother, Jamie Vires, who herself suffered major injuries from the accident, responses have turned up from people in Kentucky who found the balloons near their church. They reported that they had put the Clarkton family on their prayer list.
Vires also explained that the town of Clarkton and all the surrounding communities have been a tremendous support to her and her family.
The first 10 days after the accident, Vires was in treatment at Barnes Hospital with her injuries and then several more weeks in rehabilitation. She continues outpatient therapy.
Her youngest daughter, Braelyn Vires, also remained in the hospital for several days following the accident.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Vires, her husband Scott, and their family, have been encouraged by the support they have received.
"It's hard to put into words how I feel. We are so grateful to everyone. Everything they did was so meaningful to me."
Vires also explained that during the balloon release, each of the students gave her a hug and told her how much they loved her daughters. She explained that that type of character is what makes living in a small town attractive.
As a means of showing their appreciation and giving back to the community that has given so much to them, the family intends to start a scholarship fund in Brooklyn and Brittlyn's names.
Despite mourning the loss of two of her daughters and spending months in rehabilitation, Vires is still able to say, "God has been good."