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'Sam was so generous' - tributes for farmer who died a week after her baby daughter

Tributes have poured in for a farmer who tragically died just a week after her baby daughter.

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'Sam was so generous' - tributes for farmer who died a week after her baby daughter

Sam Bailey, a New Forest farmer and estate agent, was heavily pregnant when she suffered an epileptic fit and a bleed on the brain.

 

Baby Florence was delivered by emergency c-section as a result of her mother’s illness but did not survive. Sam died eight days later, leaving friends and family in shock.

 

Husband Rob Bailey paid an emotional tribute to his wife.

 

“Sam was a happy-go-lucky, larger than life kind of person who was always doing something and always put 110 per cent into everything she did," he said.

 

"Sam was so generous and giving of her time, so much fun, so determined, so spontaneous.

“We are raising money for the Princess Anne Bereavement Fund. Something good has to come from all of this.”

 

More than 250 mourners attended a double funeral at Hordle Church.

 

Sam was also a member of the New Forest Show cattle committee.

 

She met the Queen when she visited the show in 2012 as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the nation.

 

Chris Whitlock, chairman of the New Forest Show, also paid tribute.

He told the Daily Echo: "Sam became a member of the cattle committee in 2010 and was following in the footsteps of her grandfather, John Smith.

 

She was elected chairman of the section in 2012, only standing down in 2017 to pursue a showing career involving Charolais cattle and Texel sheep.

 

"Her passion and commitment to showing cattle was integral to attracting the National Dexter Society to hold their annual show at our event in 2015.

 

"Her enchanting personality and lust for life was infectious and Sam made an impression on everyone she met."

 

  • Anyone wishing to donate to the Princess Anne Bereavement Fund should contact Tappers Funeral Services at New Milton.

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