May 24, 1975 – April 29, 1985
Sam was my first Saint and she was everything I had expected a Saint to be. Patient with the boys, a big Nana who would follow us everywhere. She sat between the boys car seats and would tuck her head under one while traveling. She had absolutely no prey drive. On a fishing trip, she sat patiently on the bank in the shade and watched a squirrel jump from one branch to another right over her nose! She would fill in as babysitter when I left the boys with a neighbour and would follow the youngest boy until I returned. She took her guardian duties seriously. She travelled with us from our first home in northern B.C. to southern Alberta and finally to Manitoba. Since we lived 3 doors from the elementary school in Pinawa, she took it upon herself to visit weekly so that the kids could give her hugs. She would also sit quietly at the end of the drive and greet any children who were walking home from school in a calm way. She had many admirers of all ages. She died of osteosarcoma just short of her 10th birthday.