Daughter, 30, who finally reunited with her mother after a five-year separation is devastated after the 47-year-old died just two years later
- Louise Rudd, 30, stopped talking to her mother Sammi Baxter five years ago
- That changed when she gave birth to daughter Malena in February 2017
- But tragically Ms Baxter was found dead at home last week aged just 47
A daughter who was reunited with her mother after a five year separation was left devastated after she suddenly died aged 47 just two years later.
Louise Rudd, 30, stopped talking to her mother Sammi Baxter seven years ago after she turned to alcohol.
But after the mother-of-one gave birth to daughter Malena in February 2017, Ms Baxter turned her life around to ensure she got her daughter and new-born granddaughter back in her life.
Sammi Baxter holds her son Ashley Young as a baby. Sammi died last week aged just 47
But tragically Ms Baxter was found dead at home last week aged just 47 with the cause of her death not yet known.
Ms Rudd, from Lincoln, is now speaking out to raise awareness the importance of making time for loved ones before it’s too late.
The residential home worker said: ‘After we stopped speaking, I would just walk past her in the street when I saw her because I didn’t agree with her lifestyle.
Louise Rudd, 30 from Lincoln holds a picture of her mother, Sammi Baxter at home in Lincoln
‘I wanted to try and better myself and I felt as though distancing myself was the best way.
‘But after Malena was born she completely turned her life around.
‘She became a better person and for the last two years we became really close.
‘We talked most days and it was nice to be a proper mum and daughter again.
Sammi Baxter with her daughter Louise Rudd at the beach when she was a child
‘I relied on her to look after my daughter while I was at work and because of that I started taking on extra care shifts because I trusted her with my little girl.
‘So it’s been such a shock that she died, we still don’t know how it happened.
‘I feel so sad because I regret that we didn’t talk for five years and I lost those years of her short life. I keep telling myself that I got the best two years.’
Samples of Ms Baxter’s vital organs have also been taken for testing to determine the cause of death.
Louise Rudd, 30 from Lincoln with her two-year-old daughter Malena
As she was previously a full-time carer to Louise’s brother Ashley Young, 25, who suffers from mental health problems, he has now moved in with Louise full time.
Louise and Ms Baxter’s friends are now fundraising to cover the cost of the funeral.
She said: ‘She was so happy that I was back in her life, she had messaged everyone.
‘Although I disagreed with her lifestyle, she had a great bunch of close-knit friends and she was a very sociable person so it’s a comfort to know that she was never lonely.
‘Everyone has been so helpful, we are all just trying to get our head round the sudden death.
‘I’d just like to tell everyone to make time for loved once because you never know how much time you have with them.’
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