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Aneurysm may have taken the life of 8-year-old Ally Baker

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QUITMAN, TX (KLTV) -

An 8-year-old girl, Ally Baker, died Thursday morning after a playground incident, possibly involving a brain aneurysm.

Ally's parents, Lindsey and Shaun Baker, say their little girl was quite the diva.

"We would be in the Brookshire's parking lot and she would just wave, and I would say who is that? She would say, I don't know, that's what queens are supposed to do," said Lindsey Baker.

Ally was the perfect Little Miss Dogwood, a pageant title she won in 2010.

"She came home with a piece of paper begging us, begging us to please let her go out to be a Queen," said Lindsey.  

It was the confidence and the attitude that allowed Ally to make a difference in her hometown of Quitman.

"She just lived life to the fullest, I loved her with all my heart," said Shaun.  

It was an unexpected tragedy that took Ally's life Thursday morning.  

While playing hide and seek on the First United Methodist Church playground Wednesday night, Ally Baker screamed in pain and fell off the slide.

It wasn't until Baker was flown to Dallas that parents heard a brain aneurysm could be the cause.

"The only thing we think is that's when the aneurysm burst it was a shot of pain and when she screamed, that's when she went unconscious and that caused her to fall," said Lindsey.  

Ally's parents say it's their church family and their faith in God that is helping them get through this.

"We understand that God has a purpose for her; He needed her to do something really important," said Lindsey.

Family members say Ally was a little diva; a diva who loved sports, especially the Texas Rangers.

Just a few weeks ago, she got to meet Josh Hamilton.

"He walked up and said, ‘really you're here all the way from Texas?' and just talked to her for a few minutes, just like they were friends," said Lindsey.  

Ally's smile and happy attitude in life is the legacy she leaves behind.

A fund has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses. To donate, visit any City National Bank in Wood County. Just ask to make the donation to Ally Baker.

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