- 20 years old
- Date of birth: May 5, 1994
- Date of passing: Oct 13, 2014
|Samantha and her smile were like a light that is now missing from our lives but we have many sweet memories of an amazing and beautiful person. May that sustain us in our lives without her.|
This memorial website is to honor the memory of our daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend Samantha Lewis.
My Darling, Smiling Samantha
My darling, smiling little girl
My wonderful surprise
My heart breaks knowing
you could no longer smile
For I will smile thru my tears
when I remember -
Singing together in the car
A guitar, a sweet angelic voice
Summer, swimming, sunshine
A brother and you playing
Backrubs, scratching, cuddling
Walking together talking
Laughing so hard we cryed
Me, your sisters, you
Rubbing a piece of cloth
Blue, green and grey
New Mexico, motels, a tree falling
A girl and a dog sleeping
Reading books we loved
Spending Wednesdays together
Loving to be with cousins, family
Cooking soup, shrimp and eggs
Tea and Jimmy Dean
Transporting and building a bed
A conversation, you and your Dad
Water, floating, creeks and flumes
Trees, birds and peaceful quiet
Intelligence, beauty and daring
Flowing hair, eyes like mine
Love, a smile and you
My darling, smiling daughter
A poem by her mother, Patti Lewis
"I love you Samantha! I think of you everyday. Thank you for your smile, hugs, encouraging words to my children, for talking to me, laughing with me and listening to me. I wish we could have shared our internal struggle...Maybe you'd still be here...? I'm truly sorry missed it... I love you. I look forward to the day I can see your beautiful face again. Cheers to you Samantha!
Love you Forever your aunt & friend, Kim"
"Every Season by Nichole Nordeman
Sung by Samantha with her Chico choir
and by McKenna Davis as a soloist with her show choir
Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer
And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn
And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter
And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring"
You are loved by many for your warm smile and cheerful demeanor. I am blessed to have known you, even for a short while. Rest in Peace."
"When you say my child's name,
you are not reminding me that they died.
I know they died.
What you are reminding me of is that
they lived. And that is a great, great gift.
Happy Birthday, Samantha!"
"SONGS THAT WILL TUG AT YOUR HEART STRINGS AND TEAR DUCTS WHEN YOU HEAR THEM AND THINK OF SAMANTHA:
A Team by Ed Sheeran
Photograph by Ed Sheeran
Every Season by Nichole Nordeman sung by McKenna Davis
Everybody Hurts by REM
Mad World by Tears for Fears
Creep by REO Speedwagon
Stay with Me by Sam Smith
Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) by Don McLean
Is It All Worth It? by Treetop Flyers
Try by Colbie Callat
Stay by Lisa Loeb
Run to You by Pentatonix
Titanium by Madilyn Bailey
Photographs & Memories by Jason Reeves
Teardrops by Santos & Johnny
Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
Fix You by Coldplay
When the Stars Go Blue by Ryan Adams
The Rose by Bette Midler
Hero by Family of the Year
SONGS YOU WISH YOU COULD SING TO SAMANTHA:
Where It All Begins by Hunter Hayes & Lady Antebellum
You Should Be Here by Colin Swindell
Hold On Tight by Greg Holden
Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
I'll Stand By You by The Pretenders
You Got a Friend by James Taylor
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Beam Me Up by Pink
Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips
My Sister by Juliana Hatfield
I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz
Riser by Dierks Bentley
SONGS YOU WISH SAMANTHA COULD HAVE SUNG:
This is My Fight Song by Rachel Platten
I Do by Susie Suh"
I remember your smile,
The way your laugh lit up the room.
I remember playing barbies,
How it was always Steve and Paul.
I remember going swimming,
Or us "falling into the pool."
I remember playing baseball in the street.
I remember playing after school.
I remember picnics on the roof,
Popcorn and apples mostly.
I remember sleepovers and movies,
And midnight walks to the nunnery.
I remember almost getting kidnapped,
And our lemonade stands.
I remember us being sisters,
I remember us making plans.
I remember sliding down the stairs,
And your crazy jumping ferrets.
I remember sharing all our secrets,
And your first boyfriend.
I remember your old black lab,
And our stupid silly fights.
I remember going for walks.
I remember going for hikes.
I remember when I met you,
Right after school got out.
I remember growing close,
The next day at your house.
I remember singing,
And cleaning up your room.
I remember when I found out you were gone...
I remember endless tears.
I remember regretting loosing us,
Probably because it happened so weirdly.
I remember all the guilt,
And just feeling empty.
I remember screaming and yelling,
And feeling like I was ripped apart.
I will never forget you.
I will always, always, remember.
"This is a poem that was read at the candlelight vigil held for Samantha up in Chico:
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there - I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints in snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
As you awake with mornings hush,
I am the swift-up-flinging rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there - I did not die,
- Mary Frye"
"Tribute from Liz DePietro - Samantha's babysitter when she was young - "I am writing you because I seem to not be able to find my words when I speak. There are no words that can truly express how I feel about your loss nor can I find words that I am sure you have not already heard from hundreds of others. Please know that as for my family and I, we loved Sam so much and it was an absolute blessing that she came into our lives. Sam has been and will forever be in my heart. We will be planting a lovely rose in her memory and I will nurture and love it forever the way I did with her in the beginning. I am so proud that she grew into the lovely young woman I always knew she would. My love and prayers to you and your family. Goodbye precious Samantha. Be happy and keep that smile that touched your beautiful blue eyes upon your face. You will forever have my heart.""
"Some things i really love about Samantha and the good times we had together!! Her smile!! i love her smile it could light up a room!!
Her laugh!!! i love her laugh and laughing with her and who knows what!
Samantha wasnt only my cousin and one of my best friends she was an example to me! i looked up to her in so many ways!! and i dont think she knew it!! there are so many qualities in her that i want for myself!!! The way she made people feel and the love she shared with everyone around her!! I still look up to her!! She will always be an example to me and one of my biggest role models!!!
i have a picture here that my parents had printed off and sent me of samantha and i!! and i had it with me at the MTC and here hanging about my study desk!!! When people would ask about the picture or......i would talk their ear off about my family i would always talk about how much i love her and how much i looked up to her!! And that i wanted to be the kind of missionary i want teaching my cousin!!! And that has helped me become the missionary i am!!
i love samantha and the role she has played and will continue to play in my life ...and i am going to miss her more than i can say! Right now i feel like Ammon when he said in Alma 26.16 ....i cannot say the smallest part of which i feel...but i know that samantha is not dead she still lives!! Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can and will see her again!! I KNOW THAT IS TRUE! with my whole heart and i am so grateful for that knowledge it brings me comfort and it brings me joy!!
The lord loves us and he prepared a perfect plan for us!! i am so grateful to share that plan and the joy of this knowledge and the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ with the people of Germany!!! and ID i have prayed and fasted that my work here may bless you all! The church is true!!
Christ lives and through him we can find peace and comfort and we can overcome death and live again with those we love for forever!! i know that is true!!! the veil is thin more thin that we may even know and i know that more then i ever have before!! So ...Samantha until we meet again!!! i love you all so much!!!
Sister Sarah Davis"
"I never knew sweet Samantha, but I do know Marc (from the office) and his joy and light was always about his children and family. Thinking peaceful thoughts full of love, hope, and wonderful reflection for this beautiful girl that graced your lives. BIG hugs."
"Patti, Marc and family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you all are feeling. I recall meeting Samantha at the Lewis home in Clayton and she lit up the room with her cheerful energy and warm smile. Her family loved her deeply. Her memory will live on with you all and she will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. God Bless you all."
"Patti and Marc,
I was incredibly sad to hear of your loss. I can't imagine the pain you and your family are enduring. I am praying that the Lord will bless and comfort all of you.
"Samantha, words cannot describe how much I already miss you. It makes my heart ache when I think about how I won't see your beautiful smile or your beautiful blue eyes in this life. I wish I could have your arms around me in a giant hug that we always used to share after a long time of being apart just one more time. I wish I could tell you I love you and I'm thankful for all you have ever done for me and everyone around you. I know you are in a better place but I still wish you were here with us.. I will be forever grateful for the time I got to spend with you. The laughs and smiles and wonderful memories will always have a special place in my heart. I love you Sam, never forget that."
"I think that I have only met you a few times, Samantha. I came to your house many years ago and we made pizza and we took a picture. I've had that picture hanging in my kitchen ever since. You were in grade school and had recently taken a trip to Africa with your family. I remember how beautiful you were: you're sweet smile and the way your eyes lit up when you told us the details of your trip. You were quiet, but always listening. You seemed to like to be around the adults and I thought that you were very mature for your age. Over the years, your mom has kept us updated on your life. I feel like I know you and I hear that you had a musical connection with your mom, which is something that your mom and I also shared. I was so very sad to hear that you are gone from this earth. I ache for your family and wish that I could be there to give everyone a hug. I pray that you will have peace and that you will know how much you are loved."
"Your mom was just telling me how much you reminded her of me. I told her you were a new and improved version. Now the world is just left with the old version and we will miss the light you brought to this world. I am comforted with the thought of you being wrapped in the arms of your Grandma and Grandpa Lewis. Until we meet again, all my love, sweet Samantha!"
"Oh Samantha how I wish I knew you better in this life. The first thing that came to me after the grief was your smile! What a beautiful smile that made you so easy to approach. I have been reading all of the beautiful things everyone has been saying about you on facebook and the footprint you left behind is full of laughter, beauty, song, and pure sweetness! You are going to be sorely missed more than you know! I look forward to seeing your lovely smile again in the next life! You are loved!"
"My darling Samantha Margaret! I have always been so happy to share a name with you. You were always quiet and demure around me, but exuded sweetness and gentleness. I knew for a fact that all of your cousins loved you so very much. We were so happy that you would get your parents and come to Davis Family Campout and our other reunions. It always made our group more complete. I wish we had lived closer to each other so Grandpa and I could have attended more of your events. Our hearts are broken and will never be totally mended without you here. How I wish that I could tell you one more time how much we love you. But I kinda think you know that now more than ever before."
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