Emma Farmer, who worked at the Shropshire Star as a sub-editor on its Shropshire Magazine, was taken ill earlier this month while on a fishing trip with her partner to mark her birthday.
It later emerged that she had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.
Emma, pictured above, underwent emergency surgery but nothing could be done to save her and she died on 10 July.
Her partner Stan Talbot told the Star: “She opened her presents for her birthday and we went up to Chorley Springs where we went fishing.
“She had just caught the biggest carp either of us had ever seen. She’d sometimes say ‘Come and help me with this’ if it was a big one but this time she said she wasn’t feeling well. Then she collapsed and that was that.”
She rose to become features editor on the E&S before moving to the Star’s offices in Ketley.
Shropshire Magazine editor Neil Thomas said: “Emma was not only an extremely talented journalist but a pleasure to work with.
“She brought considerable flair and expertise to the magazine but was always in a modest and understated way. She will be hugely missed.”
Shropshire Star columnist Peter Rhodes, who worked with Emma for more than a decade, said: “Emma was brilliant. She had an amazing eye for detail and was utterly dedicated to the job in hand.
“She was never a clock-watcher. If the job meant starting early or finishing hours after everyone else had gone home, Emma was there. She had a wonderfully dry North Country sense of humour and she will be terribly missed.”
Mr Talbot, of Hammerwich, also paid tribute to his partner of two years.
He said: “Emma loved life and she loved people. She would always try to help her colleagues. She loved them as well; they were her friends.”
“She loved the challenge of the job and she worked very hard at it. But she also loved her holidays, either going away for two weeks or a few days or just going fishing.”
Emma’s funeral will be at Streetly Crematorium on Friday 25 July at 11.15am followed by a wake at the Redmore Inn in Hayfield Hill, Cannock Wood.