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Young mum-of-five breathed for her kids, partner

LOVING MUM: Killarney mother Bellita Sailor’s sudden death left her five children and high school sweetheart devastated.
LOVING MUM: Killarney mother Bellita Sailor’s sudden death left her five children and high school sweetheart devastated. Contributed

SHE was a big-hearted young mum with a lot of love to give - the rock of her young family.

One day she was planning her family's first Christmas in the town they recently called home, the next day she was gone - no signs of sickness, no warning.

For the family of Killarney mother-of-five Bellita Sailor, this Christmas will be about remembering and grieving the loss of a much-loved mother, partner and friend.

The 27-year-old died suddenly at home on Friday, just a week out from Christmas.

Her death sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community, which had welcomed her family with open arms at the start of the year.

Family friend Jess Dryden said Bellita was a beautiful person who lived for her family.

"Her children were what she breathed for," she said.

"They're gorgeous, well-behaved kids - she's left a legacy there.

"She was just the most amazing mum to them."

Bellita Sailor's five children, the oldest of whom is 10-years-old, will have to face Christmas without their much-loved Mum. Photo Contributed
Bellita Sailor's five children, the oldest of whom is 10-years-old, will have to face Christmas without their much-loved Mum. Photo Contributed Contributed

The family moved to the Killarney area 10 months ago from the Gold Coast, settling just over the border near Legume.

Ms Dryden said she befriended Bellita and her partner Jez seven months ago.

"They were high school sweethearts - they still looked at each other like they were 15," she said.

A tribute on an online fundraising page for Bellita described her as a mother who "could not have done a better job" with her young children.

She was also described as "loyal to her friends" and an "amazing partner".

Bellita leaves behind two sons, aged 10 and six, and three daughters, eight, five and three.

Friends have gathered around the family this week, as the shock continues to set in.

Ms Dryden said she was helping the family with the painful task of preparing for a funeral.

"Being so young we're all not sure how to approach it," she said.

"We're getting guidance from some older people to put us in the right direction."

The Killarney community is rallying behind a local family after 27-year-old mother of five Bellita Sailor died suddenly on Friday morning.
The Killarney community is rallying behind a local family after 27-year-old mother of five Bellita Sailor died suddenly on Friday morning.

A GOFUNDME fundraiser for Bellita Sailor's family has raised more than $1800 in just 18 hours.

Since learning of the mother-of-five's death on Friday, the Killarney community rallied behind her grieving family.

Family friend Jess Dryden said there were many ways people could help the family in the lead up to Christmas.

"GoFundMe would be the biggest thing, to give them some financial help so they have time to grieve without having to worry about money," she said.

"We're gathering quite a collection of gifts to give them a good Christmas.

"We're looking for big items like pushbikes to put a brief smile on their faces."

Ms Dryden said the family was thankful for the support, with numerous offers for help.

Donations of gifts and other goods can be delivered to 46 Anemone St in Killarney or 70 Canning St in Warwick.

A Warwick Credit Union account will also be set up for people to make cash donations.

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