Celebrating Jaynie Halvorson's life one year after fatal car accident

BARNESVILLE, Minn. (Valley News Live)- The community is coming together to remember a Barnesville woman killed in a crash. It happened last year but Jaynie Halvorson’s memory is still very much alive. And tonight, hundreds released lanterns in the sky to remember Jaynie and the impact she left on their lives.

On this day last year, tragedy struck.

“Today is the one year anniversary of Jaynie’s car accident, when she entered into Heaven today,” says Jaynie Halvorson’s Mom, Joanne Herbranson.

Dave and Joanne Herbranson are Jaynie’s parents. She died in a car accident near Rollag, Minnesota. She was only 28 years old.

“its been difficult but support from our friends and family help us get through it,” says Jaynie’s Dad, Dave Herbranson.

Jaynie’s parents tell us she was very involved with her community, especially her church. She was passionate about sports. She even coached them. And of course, she loved her husband and son, Hoyt.

“There’s not any words. Unless someone’s been through it, I don’t think they know how it feels,” says Jaynie’s husband, Justin Halvorson.

But tonight’s tribute isn’t about mourning her death, it’s about celebrating her life and where she’s at now.

“All of our hearts hurt not having her here but the sweet thing is we know she is in Heaven,” says Herbranson.

Lanterns lit up the sky during tonight’s tribute.

Jaynie’s family tell us she was a very active person and touched thousands of lives. She touched so many, that her funeral was held at Barnesville High School to fit the hundreds of people who came to pay their respects.