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.
  • 20 years old
  • Born on May 5, 1994 .
  • Passed away on October 13, 2014 .

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                                   
      

Posted by Robert Depietro on 28th January 2018
Time has passed but here I am lying in bed and who comes to visit! SAM I AM!! she come to me from time to time we talk, I weep a bit and the blue from her eyes calms my soul, the memories from the past flood my thoughts and makes me smile, she just smiles at me. I love you Sam From the first day I held you in my arms. Never worry, there will always be that spot reserved for Sam I am and always remember my heart is always open for you. Visit any time any day any where.
Posted by Marc Lewis on 13th October 2017
Samantha: It has been three years today that you left and I miss you more than ever but I understand more than ever what you must have been feeling. It has taken me awhile to reflect on your life, our experiences together, how you must have felt...all of that. I have spent every October 13th at 5:19 a.m. standing where you last were, wishing you were still here and knowing I will not be a part of your continuing life story. Your story is done. You now live only through us who are left behind. That is not nearly as satisfying. I will always love you and wish you were here. Mom
Posted by Kim Davis on 29th June 2015
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
Posted by Marc Lewis on 30th May 2015
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 Shivers underneath 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
Posted by Steven Motta on 5th May 2015
Samantha, 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.
Posted by Marc Lewis on 5th May 2015
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!
Posted by Marc Lewis on 14th February 2015
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 Midnight Blue by Electric Light Orchestra 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
Posted by Marc Lewis on 30th January 2015
I REMEMBER 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. Meghan Walsh
Posted by Marc Lewis on 12th December 2014
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
Posted by Marc Lewis on 28th October 2014
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."
Posted by Heather Davis on 27th October 2014
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
Posted by Wendy Benson on 24th October 2014
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.
Posted by Steven Motta on 24th October 2014
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.
Posted by Annette Stacey on 24th October 2014
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. Aunt Annette
Posted by McKenna Davis on 22nd October 2014
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.
Posted by Vanesa Read on 22nd October 2014
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.
Posted by Connie Jacob on 21st October 2014
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!
Posted by Nicole Fleckner on 20th October 2014
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!
Posted by Margaret M Davis on 19th October 2014
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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