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Branch victim remembered as gracious soul

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Sarah McPhee

A young woman fatally struck by a tree branch while setting up for a NSW music festival is being remembered for her "beautiful manner and way with people".

Harriet Nixon, 21, died after a large branch fell on her head at Glenworth Valley on the Central Coast.

Gosford Inspector Bruce Coates told AAP a 21-year-old woman was working for the three-day Lost Paradise music festival when she sat under a gum tree with a number of others on Wednesday.

A branch, which Insp Coates said was metres long, fell and knocked her unconscious about 4pm.

She was taken to Westmead Hospital but died on Thursday, the first day of the festival.

A photograph and a shrine of flowers and glow sticks was erected at the event in her memory.

Ms Nixon, from Moss Vale, completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh program at Oxley College in Bowral and Victoria's Geelong Grammar before attending the Australian National University in Canberra.

Friends of the ambitious adventurer and her family have taken to Facebook to mourn her death.

"Never have I met a young woman who was so driven, compassionate and intelligent. Your smile was infectious and you had a way of making everyone feel at ease," Serena Maree Armstrong said.

Marguerite Latham said: "She was the epitome of elegance with a beautiful manner and way with people I will never forget."

Ms Nixon is survived by her parents, Fiona and Ralph, and sister, Alicia.

"Our community is much diminished by the loss of such a beautiful, caring daughter, she was such a credit to you and a gracious reflection of your steadfast family values," local Alison Morellec said.

According to a Facebook post by the Southern Highlands branch of The National Party, of which Ms Nixon's parents were both long-standing members, her funeral will be held at Oxley College on Friday afternoon.

"The family have expressly asked for the following dress code: Colour, Pearls, R.M. Williams - and nothing black please," the post reads.

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