Light went out when she died

A TEENAGER beginning work, a pet owner hugging her dog and a party lover with a trio of good mates — three snapshots of Andrea Hore.

The photographs portray the Albury resident as optimistic, caring and bubbly, traits which were recalled yesterday as the life of Ms Hore was marked 10 years after she died in the Bali bombings.

About 30 people gathered at Ms Hore’s memorial garden outside the Albury Swim Centre to reflect on their beloved mate who was on her third visit to the island, joining Wangaratta mother of two Jenny Murphy, who was celebrating her 40th.

About a dozen candles were lit and placed at the front of a plaque in the garden which features Ms Hore’s favourite plants, roses.

Following music from Dido and tributes from friends Brendan Maher and Narelle Robinson, the crowd paused for a minute’s silence with only the sound of kookaburras and splashing inside the aquatic centre disturbing the calm.

It was a reminder of what Ms Hore loved, swimming in the early mornings and going for walks in the nearby Murray River parks.

“She would be in that pool, she was here nearly every day and also she was with the water polo as well, she would train with them or she would just wander through, having a walk, smiling, attracting new friends,” Mr Maher said.

As the group dispersed, Heather Bartel remained, admiring the friend she had known since they first become workmates at Wodonga’s then Uncle Ben’s factory in 1982.

Ms Hore had begun as a clerk, rising through roles to become part of the information technology team.

Mrs Bartel brought the three photographs of Ms Hore to simply show what a lovely lady her friend was, whether at home with corgi Vader, on holiday, at work or partying.

“When Andrea died a light went out in Albury because one of Andrea’s many claims to fame, that I loved her most for, was that she could organise a party in a click of a finger,” Mrs Bartel said.

“She would make a couple of phone calls and you would have 70 to 100 people who would hop on a bus and she loved heading out to country pubs.”

Both Mrs Bartel and Mr Maher have been to Bali and seen the monument at the centre of major commemorations yesterday. But they have no plans to return, wanting to remember Ms Hore as she was in familiar surrounds.

“Your memories move to just the good times,” Mr Maher said.

“She was such an infectious person.”

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