Trib­utes flow for lovely Sa­van­nah

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

“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.

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