Daughter: Crash victims 'together until the end'

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - They lived next door to each other for more than 40 years and became best friends.

But police say a day trip for two central Kentucky women turned tragic when a truck hit their car, killing them.

73-year-old Lillie Newby and 76-year-old Patsy Gibson, both of Frankfort, died in the crash on Highway 127 in Owen County. They were on their way to Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Florence, Indiana.

The two women were friends and neighbors for 43 years on Logan Street in Frankfort. But Monday afternoon they died together side by side.

"If they had to go, together was the best because one would be a wreck without the other," said Dorah Ballard, Lillie Newby's daughter.

For more than four decades, Gibson and Newby shared everything together.

"Lillie would call my mom every morning and say, 'What are you doing?'" said Lisa Coffey, Patsy Gibson's daughter.

"They were always playing cards and doing things they enjoyed doing," said Teresa McAskill, Patsy Gibson's oldest daughter. "Those two could stay up later than I ever could!"

They were inseparable, and their close friendship brought together their two families on holidays, birthday, big events, and even just meals throughout the week.

"If you needed something you could always go to them," said Ballard.

"The friendship wasn't just theirs. The friendship was our family," said Coffey. "She (Newby) was just a part of the family for us, and my mom (Gibson) was a part of the family for Dorah."

Family says Gibson was the chef while Newby was the one always with news to share. The two women were also members of the Frankfort Citivan Club together.

"They teamed up real well," said Ballard.

More like sisters is how their daughters describe their relationship, so it was only fitting that they died together, enjoying each other's company.

"If they were together, then they were having a good time," said McAskill. "But it was their time."

But for both families, losing them at once has been twice as hard.

"It's obviously harder to lose two people that are so much a part of your family," said Coffey. "These women were strong for their families."

Since the two women shared so many friends and family, the families have decided to have their visitation together but their funerals separate. Those arrangements are still pending.

State police tell us the driver of the truck, 51-year-old Gary Sigretto of Owenton, crossed the center line on Highway 127, hitting their car head-on. Police say Sigretto suffered life-threatening injuries.

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