Funerals for Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman will be held at Calgary’s Centre Street Church starting at 2 p.m. MT on Thursday afternoon.

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Baillie, 34, was found dead in her northwest Calgary home on July 11 and an Amber Alert was issued for Taliyah.

After days of searching, police found the little girl on the evening of July 14; her remains were recovered in a rural area east of Calgary.

Edward Downey was later arrested and is now facing two counts of first-degree murder. He made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

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“Both Sara and Taliyah were the light and the heart of their families; we cannot imagine how to go on,” the family said in an online obituary.

“Above all else Sara was a dedicated mother with an unflinching love for Taliyah. They were inseparable and spent all their time together dancing, playing and laughing”.

Dozens of condolence messages have been left on the McInnis & Holloway funeral home page.

A tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park in living memory of the mother and daughter, the family said.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Missing Children Society of Canada.