Samantha Armytage has shared a series of poignant throwback photographs to mark three years since her mother died.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, the former Sunrise co-host shared a photo of her mum Libby as a young woman – and the likeness between mother and daughter is immediately apparent.
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“Three years today since my mumma became an angel,” the picture was captioned.
A second photo shows baby Sam in her mum’s arms as Libby points to a birthday cake.
Another, more recent photo shows Sam flanked by her mum and dad.
“Life goes on, but you never forget,” the photo was captioned.
Finally, Sam posted a picture of a bunch of pink and red roses.
“From her garden,” the caption stated.
Libby died on November 3, 2020, after a long battle with an auto-immune disease.
Ten days after Libby’s death, the Sunrise team paid tribute to her on-air.
“Extremely sad news for a much loved member of our Sunrise family,” presenter Matt Doran said.
“Some of you may have already heard that Sam’s mum Elizabeth Libby Armytage passed away last week.
“Libby had a long battle with an auto-immune disease that affected her heart.
“Sam said her mum fought bravely but in the end her big, loving heart just couldn’t do it anymore.
“Our thoughts and all of our love are with Sammy and her family.”
After her mum’s death, Sam posted a group of family photos to social media, writing: “Mums are the centre of a family and losing ours has thrown us into a spin and left a huge, irreparable hole in each of our hearts.”
“We are very, very sad,” she continued.
“She was wonderful; kind, loving, loyal, wildly wicked, funny & formidable.
“She will be missed forever, but she’s at peace now … forever an angel.
“RIP Libby Armytage 13/11/51-3/11/20.”
The following year, Sam opened up about grief in the wake of losing her mother.
“To lose your mother (is) such just a pivotal and extraordinary event in a woman’s life, and it fundamentally changes you,” she told Stellar editor-in-chief Sarrah Le Marquand for her podcast Something To Talk About.
“And all of a sudden you start thinking about grief, you starting going through your own grief.
“As a journalist, that affects you because then the stories that you hear, they touch you extra-deep.
“It changes you as a person and I suppose that’s part of life.
“We all go through this.”
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