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Best friend in tribute to ‘beautiful’ Barrow woman, 26

THE best friend of a 26-year-old Barrow woman who died after hitting her head and going into a coma has described her as a beautiful person inside and out.

Dee Heginbottom said everyone was in shock and finding it hard to come to terms with the tragic loss of Tara Silver who was loved by everyone she met for her kind heart and generous nature.

Cradling her five week-old baby, the 30-year-old explained how she had been with her friend and bridesmaid just the night before her accident.

Miss Silver was found unconscious in her bedroom at her parent’s house in Gainsborough Place, Barrow, after banging her head on April 13. She was taken to Furness General Hospital and it was discovered her brain had swollen. She remained in intensive care until Monday when her life support system had to be switched off.

Miss Silver had lived at home with mum Mai, who owns Lee Chinese Takeaway in Ainslie Street, dad John and sister Kirsty.

Mrs Heginbottom, of Lincoln Street, Barrow, explained how she had met her best friend at a party about four years ago and they had just clicked and become an important part of each other’s lives.

The young mum described her friend as a shy girl who had no idea how beautiful she was and just how much she was loved.

She added: “She was such a brilliant person. She had a proper kind heart. No matter what was going on in her life, she was always there for you. She would give you her last penny.”

Mrs Heginbottom said her friend, who worked as an accounts administrator at Agrilek, was excited to be renovating a house with boyfriend Craig Hyde and was looking forward to having all her friends around for dinner parties.

She said the keen cook, who ran with Barrow’s Parkside Panthers, had recently been planning her future and wanted to visit family in Hong Kong.

Mrs Heginbottom added: “She had so many plans. She wanted children and she was really looking forward to moving in with Craig. She ended up being one of my closest friends and a bridesmaid at my wedding last year.

“She will be missed by so many people. Tara was the sort of person who changed the mood of a room when she walked in. She was fiercely loyal, generous to a fault and everything about her was beautiful inside and out.

“I can’t get my head around that she has gone. It’s been a total, total shock. We all thought she would pull through.

“She was loved by a lot of people and her not being here will leave a lot of holes in people’s lives.

“She was kind and thoughtful and you are lucky in a lifetime if you met someone like Tara and even luckier if you could call her your friend.”

On Tuesday night Barrow Celtic Football Club held a minute’s silence in her memory and wore black armbands as a mark of respect. Miss Silver’s boyfriend plays for the team. They are now planning to win each game in her honour.

Parkside Panthers are also planning to hold a minute’s silence this week.

Her funeral is expected to be held on Monday.

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Goodbye T.I hope you can see just how loved you were.You will be eternally missed.x

Posted by Friend on 2 May 2014 at 00:02

RIP "T" words cannot convey the feeling of emptiness we are all feeling at work, now you have gone. It's been a true pleasure and an honour knowing and working with you over the last 18 months, everyday you laughed, everyday you smiled, everyday you did anything and everything to help all of us. So tragic that you have been taken from us far too soon. Rest In Peace. Thoughts are with your family at this time xx

Posted by A work colleague on 24 April 2014 at 22:17

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