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The victim of a motorbike crash was “the life and soul of the party” and “always had a smile on her face”.

Samantha ‘Sam’ Stevens, 36, died instantly after the Suzuki bike she was riding collided with a tree on a dual carriageway at Bix, near Henley, at 1pm on Sunday.

Now friends of former Langtree School pupil Ms Stevens, who lived near Reading train station and worked at a medical company in London, have paid tribute to her.

Emma Archer, 36, remembered Ms Stevens as “a very close friend”. The pair grew up together in Whitchurch where her parents still live.

“I have known her all 36 years of our lives,” she recalled.

“She will be greatly missed by me and everyone who knew her. A very special person, loved by all, died doing what she loved best.

“Rest in peace Sammy my love.”

David and Janet Brooks, who live in Burghfield, worked with Ms Stevens at Thrifty Car Hire in Trafford Road, Reading town centre.

Mr Brooks, who used to own the shop, said Ms Stevens worked there between September 2001 and October 2004 as a manger.

He said: “This is terrible news, and a very sad loss to Sam’s friends and former colleagues.

“Sam was a very central and popular part of our team, what we did and how we did it.

“She will be both missed and remembered by us as a great colleague and to many of us a good friend.

“I have already received calls of sadness, shock and disbelief, but I am sure I speak for others in the Thrifty team of that time.

“Our thoughts are with Sam’s parents, Chris and Tova, her family and friends.”

Mr Brooks described Ms Stevens, who lived in Lynmouth Court, off Lynmouth Road, as “a mothering figure”.

Another friend Sarah Cummins said: “She was loved by so many, the life of any party and always had a smile on her face.

“God Bless you Sam.”

Ms Stevens’ neighbours were also shocked by her death. One man, who did not want to be named, saw her just before she set off on her last journey.

He said: “She was so nice and very friendly. Everyone liked her.

“She would always say hello to you.”

Ms Stevens was friends with 28-year-old Kirsten Murphy who now lives in Australia. Miss Murphy’s dad Patrick, who lives in Lynmouth Road, said: “She was very friendly and pleasant – a nice girl and not your typical biker.”

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Published in Reading Post from May 13 to Jul. 18, 2009.
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February 7, 2012
Hey Sam,
Found an old photo of you today, sitting on Solo up at Blenheim riding centre,, must have been 1983 or 84.. one hell of a cheeky grin on your face,that's how I remember you,
see you again one day. xx
Anna Wheel
May 26, 2009
My Darling Sammy,
How i miss you, your smiling happy face, always there for everyone. Life is so unfair to have taken you from us all. You will always be with us in our hearts, with great memories of the fun we all had. Love you Sammy.xxxxx
Fiona Witts
May 20, 2009
Dear Sam. You were there for me when I needed my friends most. Your warmth and humour helped brighten some of the blackest days. You were unique. Thank you.
Kim Harris
May 19, 2009
We had some laughs at my sisters pubs.You were always so full of fun. Always in my heart and thoughts...x
phil collins
May 16, 2009
I knew Sam from Langtree school. She was in my year. Last memory of Sam I have is at a New Year's Eve party about 3 years ago, I could see she was life and soul of that party! She loved life!
Jennifer Bruce
May 14, 2009
Totally gutted when I found out, my thoughts are with your family and other friends - gonna miss ya hun, RIP Sam babe xx
May 14, 2009
Sam, I knew you 20 years ago and remember you as a warm and lovely lady who made people smile. One of the genuine good guys! You will clearly be very missed.
Laila Wilson
May 13, 2009
13 May 2009
sam I will remember you as a great and very bubblely friend, full of life and will miss you. you will always be in my heart
justine allen
May 13, 2009
Sam was quite simply fabulous. Everyone is devestated by this sudden and tragic loss. Always in my heart.
Emma Lane
May 13, 2009
Sam, its true, you were always so happy and bright and full of life...I will miss you
Farah Dunlop
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