Family pay tribute to former Magdalen College School student from Buckingham

Emily Styles with her mum, Julia, at Christmas
Emily Styles with her mum, Julia, at Christmas

A family this week paid tribute to a well-known Buckingham teenager who passed away tragically last week.

Emily Styles, aged 19, who lived in Buckingham all her life, died suddenly from meningitis on New Year’s 

Emily went to Bourton Meadow Primary School, Magdalen College School, in Brackley, and then Kingsbrook School, in Deanshanger.

For three years, she worked part time at Tesco, Buckingham, where she was known for wearing a flower clip in her hair.

But her passion was children and she was waiting to take up a place at Winchester University to study primary education with a specialisation in special needs.

Emily had wanted to be a primary school teacher ever since going to Furze Down School, in Winslow, on work experience in Year 10.

She volunteered all last year as a teaching assistant at Padbury School, before working full time as a teaching assistant at The Grove Independent School in Milton Keynes.

She was about to return to Padbury in a part-time paid position this term.

Emily leaves behind her parents Julia and Peter, sister Sophie, aged 16, and boyfriend Ben Older, from Padbury.

Mrs Styles, who teaches at the Royal Latin School, paid tribute to the girl with “the biggest smile on the block”.

She said: “She had joy in the small things in life, and she loved Christmas.

“We all had a wonderful Christmas. Christmas was very, very special to her.

“Even this year, when she’d only got to bed at 1am, she was still up at 8am to open her stocking.

“New year is never going to be the same for us.”

Mrs Styles added: “She was sensible and sensitive.

“She was very thoughtful She sent me a text every day when she got to work so I knew she was there safely.

“She had wonderful emotional intelligence. She was so perceptive.

“Emily was someone who brought people together.

“If somebody was sad, she’d see that sadness.

“I think that’s why she was so good with children.

“She absolutely loved children. She just had a way with them.

“That’s one of the saddest things for me, she would have made a lovely mummy.”

Mr and Mrs Styles thanked all their friends, family and neighbours who have rallied round since Emily was taken ill on New Year’s Eve, particulary their best friends Lesley and David Spragg.

A service to remember Emily will be held at Buckingham Parish Church at 11am on Friday, January 17.

The family are asking people to wear purple, Emily’s favourite colour.