Eastwood’s family released a new photograph of the 28-year-old as they thanked the public for their support since her death.
She was found wrapped in a duvet cover with tape around her eyes and face.
The grim discovery brought the search for Miss Eastwood to a close, eight days after she was last seen.
Samantha vanished after leaving work at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Michael Stirling, 32, the brother-in-law of Miss Eastwood’s ex-fiance, John Peake, has been charged with her murder.
“From the age of 12 all Samantha wanted to be was a midwife.”
Former Keele University student Miss Eastwood, from Baddeley Green in Stoke-on-Trent, was described by hospital staff as a “much-loved and valued” colleague.
The family released picture of a smiling Miss Eastwood at her graduation ceremony.
They revealed she had always wanted to be a midwife – even as a child.
A fundraising appeal for the midwife has almost hit its new £15,000 target.
The family said: “From the age of 12 all Samantha wanted to be was a midwife.
“She had to work very hard to achieve her goal.
“Samantha may no longer be here but her memory and legacy will live on.
“Thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts for our family.”
Stirling will appear at Northampton Crown Court for a plea hearing on October 5.
His trial date was also provisionally set for February 4 next year.
But the judge told him that the complexities of the case meant that date was unlikely to remain fixed.
Two other men, aged 28 and 60, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remain on conditional police bail while inquiries continue.
This week, the court heard that Miss Eastwood had been found in a shallow grave, with masking tape around her face and eyes, and had been wrapped inside a single duvet cover.
CCTV footage, telephone evidence and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) data are set to form part of the evidence at trial.
Defence barrister Samina Rasid made no application for bail and Stirling was not required to enter any plea.
He has been remanded in custody ahead of trial.