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Mourners gather to remember Hally 'Bug' Yust's bright life

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Hugs, tears and laughter were abundant as mourners wearing shorts gathered to remember a young water skier taken by a rare lake-borne infection.

Hally "Bug" Nicole Yust, 9, passed away Wednesday from a brain-eating amoeba. She loved all things water-related.

Her life was celebrated during a memorial service Monday afternoon. Her grieving family spoke to reporters about honoring the memory of a girl who was always smiling and lived life to the fullest.

"She was my best friend," Macy Yust said about her sister. "I can't imagine life without her."

Family members wore Super skier shirts with the logo of Superman and shorts. Her family said she loved to wear shorts, and they wanted to honor her memory by going more casual than typical for a funeral.

"She had a deep passion for making people smile," her father, Shon Yust, said before the service. "That's her spirit."

She wanted to play basketball for the Kansas State Wildcats, and a scholarship has been set up in her honor. School officials presented the family with a specially made jersey bearing her first name and nickname.

"Today is a great day to celebrate my sister Hally's life," her big brother, Parker Yust, said. "Everyone she touched she touched with the love of Jesus . . . .  She lived life big."

Still Monday was incredibly tough.

"As a family, we're pretty torn up," her father said.

The family thanked everyone for their support. The family moved the funeral to a large church to accommodate the crowd that wanted to honor Hally's memory.

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