"We don’t want people to be sad she’s gone, we want people to remember the positive impact she had on each and every one of our lives, and I think that's the most important part," one of her friends said.
Part of the celebration included how to keep her memory alive in tangible ways.
Donations were accepted instead of flowers to the local animal shelter (The Buddy Center), the pediatric intensive care unit at the hospital she was treated, and books for the soon-to-come "Rylie's Free Little Library."
"Through the way that we're asking everyone to pay it forward and move on and live like Rylie is the best way," Ferguson said.
The most emotional part of the evening came during an open mic segment, started off by Guentensberger's father.
"She’s touched a lot of lives and its made us stronger," he said.
That was followed by two of her friends playing a song they wrote for her on ukuleles.
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