Tributes flow for lovely Savannah
“She thought we gave her strength but really it was her who gave us strength.”
SAVANNAH Harley was many things to many people, but to her Whitsunday and Agnes Water family, the 20-year-old was simply the girl who kept on giving.
“She thought we gave her strength but really it was her who gave us strength,” Savannah’s older sister Tash Wheeler said.
“She was probably one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met.”
Tash and the rest of Savannah’s family are having to come to terms with life without their beautiful sister, auntie, daughter and granddaughter, who died in a tragic single-vehicle car accident in Strathdickie last Tuesday night.
“We are all very, very close,” they said.
“Savannah’s world was her nieces and nephews.”
Growing up in Agnes Water, Savannah’s family remembers her as “a little beach baby”, who was forever taking things from her siblings’ bedrooms.
Savannah eventually flew the nest for boarding school at Rockhampton Girls Grammar, where she met and made “some of the best friends of her life”.
It was about two and-a-half years ago that Savannah arrived in the Whitsundays, moving in with her sister Tash and her family at first, before switching to her older brother Andrew’s house, just four doors down the street.
Having completed a traineeship at Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited, Savannah took a job at the Airlie Beach Hotel, where she was working as a receptionist.
She had plans to travel to England in March and explore her family heritage.
Surrounded by family and friends in the Whitsundays, Savannah’s interests were fashion, makeup, baking and socialising.
“She loved going out for coffee and cocktails with her friends,” Tash said.
“And she loved going for drives – she loved Shute Harbour lookout and down Mandalay Road was one of her favourite places to go.”
It is at the Shute Harbour lookout that Savannah’s family held a special service to remember her life on Saturday afternoon.
Savannah leaves behind mum Sharon Petrolati, dad ‘Johnno’ Harley, grandmother Shirley Metcalfe, older brother ‘Dru’ Gold-Harley, older sister Tash Wheeler, younger brother Charlie Harley and nieces and nephews Evie (10), Eliza (6), Edwin (4), Ezra and Elka (11 months), Charlie (5) and Alessandra (11 months).
Rockhampton Girls Grammar has also paid tribute to Savannah.
“Death is never easy but it is especially tragic when life is cut short on the cusp of possibility,” principal Christine Hills said.
TAKEN TOO SOON: Savannah Ann Harley, who was farewelled by family and friends at her favourite lookout on Saturday.