Samantha Buis

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Samantha Buis, 17, of China Spring, tragically passed away Sunday, September 7, 2008 in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be 2PM Thursday, September 11th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Grant Kaul officiating. Visitation will be 6-8PM Wednesday at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Sammy Jo was born March 18, 1991 Danville, IN to Steven and Sandra Lee (Buis) Spitzig. She attended Cedar Hill schools where she was active in softball prior to moving to China Spring her junior year. She loved being a senior at China Spring High. Sammy Jo loved being a

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  1. i did not know samantha or donovan but i would like to send you this poem "I Am Not There" Do not stand at my grave and weep For I Am Not There. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow.I am diamonds that glint on snow.I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain.Whe you awaken in the morning hush I am the swift uplifting rush of butterflies in joyous flight.I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry.I am not there. I did not die. You all are in my prayers may god be with you

  2. 1995 CS Graduate

    I did not know Sam or Donovan, but I know the heartache that the family and community shares. In December of 1993, almost 15 years ago, my best friend and a friend of her brothers were tragically killed in a car accident. To loose someone that young is indescribable. There are no words that I can think of that can comfort you in this terrible time. The loss will never go away, but you will learn to take comfort in memories and keep them in your hearts and minds forever. My thoughts and prayers are with family, friends, and classmates.

  3. 1998 CS GRADUATE

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Just know that she is in a better place and looking down at you smiling as she always did.

  4. Sandra

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Sammy Jo was such a bundle of energy and a joy to be around. She loved playing softball and she was the one who brought energy to the team as well as everyone around her. My prayers are with you and your family and right now just trust the Lord for the comfort he promises us.

    God Bless


  5. Bob & Jodi Ashby

    God Bless you Sammy Jo.

  6. Britani Woodward

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I went to school with Ty when he lived here in Indy, I never got to meet your sister/daughter, she is walking with the lord now, we will all miss her dearly, god bless your family!

  7. Brittany Andrews

    Sam i will miss seing you in class all the time! I love you girl and know that you are in better hands right now. You will be in my thoughts and prayers of all..
    *i will remember Class of 09*

  8. I did not know Samantha at all but I knew Donovan. I am so sorry for your loss. Sam from what I read seems like a beautiful, sweet, fun personality that will be greatly missed. My daughter lost her sister Whitney) at 13 years of age in Jan.08 and that was horriable to go through so I can only imagine the heart ache you feel when it’s your own daughter. God bless your family in this time of need. May he dry your tears on his sleeve and comfort you in his arms. You will make it through but It will be hard. God Bless!

  9. My prayerz Go out To you and YOUR FAMILY… i Knew samantha, and i waz best friendz with her X Tremaine.. SHe was reall kool and sweet if she liked you…lol I kno She will Be MIZZED DEARLY.. Every ONE that KNOWZ her @ SCHOOL.. Was so Shocked and Couldnt Believe! ME LOVE AND MIZZ YOU SAMANTHA!!!

  10. Cheryl Moore (York)

    I love you Cousin Cheryl my prayers are always with You.

  11. China Spring School Board

    Please accept the condolences of the China Spring School Board. Our prayers are with you and your family. If we can be of help, please let us know.

    John Palmer, President

  12. Christe Westbrook and Mark Smith

    We send you and your family our heartfelt sympathy in this time of great tragedy and great loss. In this very difficult time, it is important to us that you know that we are thinking about you and our consistent and sincere prayers are with you. Please know that even in the midst of grief, loss and tragedy, you are not alone. We stand with you and beside you in this difficult moment. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to ask.

  13. You will be missed and never forgotten.

  14. Sandy, you and your family will be in my prayers. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  15. Deborah Neystel-Tilson


    I hope you still log on and read these messages. I just found out last night about Samyy and was heartbroken to hear of your loss. As you know Sammy was a great friend to Kelsey and I loved her as well. You and I shared so much together and I know that Sammy was the "brightspot" of your life. I can’t imagine loosing Kelsey, so I won’t pretend to know what it feels like. I do know that my God is a loving God, and he would never have Sammy suffer. I hope that you contact me and again I am deeply sorry for your loss and I will pray for you and Ty each and every day.

    Love Always, Deboarh

  16. Sandy and Ty — Lord have mercy — when Sonya called and told me what happened I cried for you all — Sam was such a sweet girl — may the Lord uphold you with His strength and comfort you. As former Pipsqueaks, know you all are forever in our hearts.

  17. Donnie & Teresa Poplaski

    Donnie and I were deeply saddened by the shocking news of your beautiful daughter Samantha’s death. May God’s love surround you with the comfort that only he can give and may his presence begin the healing in your heart and soul.

  18. Doug and Debbie Kelly

    As friends of Steve’s please axccept our deepest sympathy to the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. doug and sheila dutschmann

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorry.

  20. Ed and Maureen Giovenco

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Steve and family. The loss of a child is a loss that no one should ever have to bear. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  21. i knew samantha since my fourth grade year at Bray Elementry. We were great friends and i will never forget her. She was a wonderful person who touched lots of peoples hearts. we wont forget you samantha. i love you girl.

  22. I talked to Sam on Sunday about 3:00 at JC Penny. I wish I could have talked to her more. I loved Sam, she had always been an awesome friend to me. Majority of my senior classes this year were with her and Donny. I just can’t imagine what your family is going through. I love you girl, watch over me in Heaven.

    Emily, Senior at CSHS

  23. My pookie! not a day goes by tht i do not think of you! it is still hard to imagine i will never hear your voice your giggle your snort your laugh or your cry ever again! i wish i could bring you back! i miss you so so so much! i named my daughter after you! and lord she does have ur lips ( may i say im jealous) i love you so much and see you in my dreams and when the sunset it amazing i now its you! i love you and will always miss you!

  24. I love you and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. My thoughts and prayers to the family of this beautiful child. I have hung out the picture you colored for me last year Sam. You can color all you want now. Love you and will miss you around the school. Mrs. Miles

  26. Jeff & Nikki Alexander

    Samantha was always a joy to be around. She touched our hearts and we felt like she was one of our own. We will miss her laugh and smile. Your family is in our prayers.

  27. My deepest sympathy to Samantha’s family and friends for this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. I taught Samantha history during her 8th grade year while she was in Cedar Hill. I have taught many, many students over the past 20 years, but Samantha was one of the very special ones. Several words come to mind: bright, beautiful, outspoken, very friendly, loved people. She will always be in my heart and I am honored to have been a small piece in her life. God bless your family and remember heaven is blessed to have a new beautiful angel!

  29. I do not know your family but read of this tragedy in the newspaper – and when I saw your beautiful daughter, granddaughter, neice, cousin, and friend’s picture – I just had to reach out and let you know – that I am praying for you and I hope that you allow God to wrap his comforting arms around you right now.

  30. kelsey(deborah's daughter)

    along with my mom, i just heard about sammy’s passing yesterday. i will always remember Sammy and her watching out for me, and helping me with things "i just had to deal with". haha(: i will never forget when she was the first person to teach me how to catch in softball when we were in her backyard.. or when we hung out and rode the DART around town because she couldnt drive yet.. most of all i will never forget her being a great friend for me. i hope you stay in touch with us Sandy. we miss seeing you as well! together we will all get to see Sammy again.

  31. Laurie Dieterich

    I, too cant believe she’s gone! I worked at La Fiesta with Sam for a few months a she was a joy to be around. Sam could always make you smile, no matter what. My prayers are with all of her family and friends.

  32. I did not know Samantha at all but I have known Donovan for many years. I, too, suffered the loss of a daughter in January of this year. She was only 13 yr old. I know the heartache you and your family are going through. May God bless you and help you through this very difficult time. My prayers are with you all…

  33. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. I lost my 17 yr old nephew 2 years ago in an auto accident, so I do know what you are going through. I wish you all the best and may God Bless You.

  34. Lucretia Wegmann

    Steve,Ty and Family,
    I am so very sorry for your lose my prayers and thoughts are with you now and all the days to come.God Bless You
    Love Lucretia

  35. Martha from Lorena

    You dont know me but I cannot tell you how saddened I am sorry to hear about your precious angel. My heart breaks for your family. Samantha was so beautiful and by reading the guestbook, loved by so many. I will pray for your family to heal from this horrible tragedy.

  36. Michael Barefoot

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the lord be with you and your entire family in this very sad time.

    Mike Barefoot

  37. Mike Dolezel Family

    We do not know your family, but we live in the China Spring community, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful daughter. We will continue to lift up your family in our daily prayers.

  38. Samantha was a bright spot to my afternoons last year. She always wore a smile and had some cute name to call me like Anzy Pansy. Samantha will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  39. Samantha brought life to any room. She always brightened my day and made me smile. I will miss her bubbly personality, laughs and most of all her interjections of random thoughts that were always entertaining. I

  40. Hey beautiful. I just wanted to say I wish your family the best… You will be dearly missed… I wish you the best in your next life in heaven and I hope that you will watch and takle care of all of us. From 8th grade until you moved we had some of the best times…. ILY and I will miss you….

  41. Sam will definitely be missed by so many people. In the short time I knew her, she brought a ray of sunshine into the room. My boys will miss their Sam, they connected so quickly for only knowing each other such a short time. It’s such a tragic end to a beautiful young lady and I know that she is in heaven smiling down on us with her beautiful radiant smile. Sam, you will be missed so much. Rest in peace my friend, till we meet again.

  42. Richard and Carol Holt


    Richard and I want you to know you and your family our in our prayers and we are so sorry for you lose of your little girl.

    We know there are no words to comfort you in this time of grieving, but we are here for you.

    Love Richard and Carol

  43. Sandy Darling "Momma"

    Sammy Jo was my heart and soul! She touched the lives of so many. I can close my eyes and see her smile. She loved to make people laugh. If I could say one thing to all who have been affected by Sammy Jo’s and Donovan’s death is "don

  44. My prayers are with you and your family.

  45. i prey for the best and you were amazing girl you were beautiful and smart you were funny to you were sweet and you were perfect in everyway i hope for the best and im going to miss you!!!!

  46. I wouldnt have recognized her if I passed her on the street but Samatha and her entire family including Ty and their mom and dad were an influence in my life. I was young at the time but I sill remember tossing samantha around in the pool at the apts where they lived. I’ll send up a prayer. You will truly be missed by all who were graced with your presence.

  47. Ty and Sandy,

    I am devestated and heartbroken. All I can think about is how wonderful your whole family is and I treasure the times I got to spend with Samantha. There is nothing worse than losing someone you love so much and I can’t stop my tears from flowing and my heart from breaking for your family.

    I know there is nothing anyone can say to take the horrible pain away, but know that while Samantha was here she impacted every life she touched. She was everybody’s shining star and now she is our angel.

    I prayed to my angel, Marcus and asked him to welcome her to heaven and take care of her and be her big brother up there until someday we can all be together again.

    All my love to your whole family,


  48. Sheila & Homer White

    Steve & family we are so saddened by your heartbreaking loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you now and always.

  49. St. Philip Catholic Church, China Spring, Texas

    To the Buis Family:
    Please know that the members, prayer chain and clergy of the St. Philip Catholic Church in China Spring are praying for you in in this sorrowful time. Please accept our sincere condolences.

    Barbie Christian
    on behalf of St. Philip Catholic Church
    China Spring, Texas

  50. I knew Samantha through my son Keith. She always thought it was funny to call me her "mother-in-law". She knew it made me laugh. I cannot begin to imagine the pain her mother and family feel right now. I pray that God gives them the strength they need to get through this.

  51. SueMarie Brunson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…God Bless You

  52. Supervisor-JcPenney

    Everyone at JcPenney sends their condolences to the family and friends of Sam. Even though Sam and Donovan had been with us just a short time they will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this difficult time.

  53. Sandy,

    I did not know your family very well but the girls played softball together and we worked the concession stand together in Cedar Hill. When I heard what happened I kept asking as in disbelief. She was so bubbly and full of life that was cut too short. There are no words that I can say that will comfort you at this time but please know that my families prayers go out to you and your family. May God keep your family in his hands.

  54. T'Erica Siner (Cedar Hill)

    me and samantha had been friends since we were in the 8th grade. Ive had a lot of great times with her, and I am going to miss her greatly. I didnt want to believe what happened but my thoughts and prayers are with you Ms. Sandy, and your family.

  55. Terry Lee York and Family

    We love you and sorry about your loss are prays are with you in your time of need.

  56. i sae sam one time at jc penny and we talked for a while being only strangers to each other sadly i got really close to her and unfortunantly she left me with tears scaredness and no place of hope i miss her dearly and nothing else could make me miss someone so bad as much as she did. i love you sammy jo! 🙁 and no one will ever take ur place!!


  57. The Daugherty Family/Cedar Hill

    We knew Samantha through the school activites she was involved in and she was in the same class as our son.
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of her accident and death.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and the coming days.
    God will bring you strength to get through this difficult time.

  58. The Gardner Family

    It has taken me a little time to say the words I really still cannot convey, but as we have talked I hope I said something to ease your pain. Samantha was the sweetest, most giving,outgoing,happy, she just lit up the room,(even if you were sad or she was sad you never she would never show it or let you remain that way) young lady I have met at her age.You,Sam and your family will always have a special place in my heart.So here is a special verse and poem for you: Today’s Daily Word – Friday, August 25, 2006
    The presence of God enfolds me and comforts me.
    In the silence of God’s loving presence, I listen and I hear God’s message to me:
    "Beloved, I am here with you now and forever. Do not fear or give in to doubt, for I am the light that is guiding you through the darkest of nights and encouraging you on safe pathways.
    "My spirit is the spirit of unconditional love that can and will enable you to overcome whatever may seem to be challenging you now or in the days to come.
    "My comfort is peace that surpasses all understanding. Let My peace infuse you with the assurance that you have a life filled with love and hope, regardless of what has happened.
    "Remember, dear one, that I am always with you and you can rely on Me."
    "You have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."–John 16:22
    We will see you soon.
    Lorna and Clifford

  59. Sammy Jo, I can’t believe you’re gone. I’m still hoping that by some miracle you’ll come back. I’m so sorry we never got to talk this year but know that I love you and you made such a great impact on my life that you will never be forgotten.

  60. Sandra, I don’t know if you remember me or not, but I worked at the 9th Grade Center when Sam was there. I am so sorry for your loss. I know it seems unbearable now and probably will for a long time. There are no words that I could say to make you feel any better. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  61. samantha jo.. samjojamtoe. wow. i never imagined this day would come so soon. she never failed to put a smile on my face whether if it was from her cheesy jokes to her trying to rap like lil wayne. we have had our share of good and bad times and i will hold those times close to my heart. i heard the news and i could not believe it. i was just talking to you hours before. although it did end on an i love you there are so many more things i wanted to say to you. i wish things happened differently. you will never be forgotten sammybear.. without your bright smile my world is darker. keep a look out on everyone from heaven.

    my prayers goes out to the family and close friends.

  62. Steve if you need any thing call or let know….Love you man……

  63. tyler and reggie jordan

    you will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with your family

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