Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home

127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL


Samantha Elise Sanchez

April 27, 1987February 10, 2020
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Samantha Elise Sanchez, 32, February 10, 2020

Thirty-three years ago I begged mom for a sister. Thirty-two years and two hundred and ninety days ago I received one of the best presents I could have ever gotten. Sammy came into the world wide open, almost being born in the elevator of the hospital. Her toddler years were a blur of her ignoring the word “no,” most times just because she didn’t want to be told what to do. When it snowed that time in Jacksonville, I bundled her up and laid her in the snowy grass to teach her she had to listen to me. I’m not certain that lesson was learned but it was amusing to see her struggle in the snow suit. She wanted to be carried around until she was nearly seven, holding her arms up saying “momma take.” She loved forts under the dining room table. She was a talented and dedicated gymnast, committing twenty hours a week to practice. After back problems arose, she moved on to rhythmic gymnastics and eventually coached the next generation of gymnasts. She used her own money to buy me my first CD for my new car on my sixteenth birthday. When Sammy was fifteen, we got her drunk for the first time. Good and drunk, in an effort to make her steer clear of alcohol for life. As we all know, it did not work as hoped, but we had fun until she deposited all of the beer onto the pool deck. At seventeen she began decorating her body, much to mom’s dismay. After some specific artwork I began to call her the biggest guns and roses fan ever. When she was fourteen, I handed her a glass of milk and asked her if it tasted funny. She was not as amused as I was when I told her it was breast milk. Sammy graduated from Lee high. She then did an expensive stint at Fullsail University before realizing that music production was not for her. She came back home and soon moved to Saint Augustine. Sammy took up residence on my couch for years. It was fabulously fun to have her and very convenient to have a live in in babysitter. She played a very big role in my kids’ childhoods and loved them with all her heart. She would often sneak them toaster strudels. Never thinking that I knew she was giving them contraband, but I did. We went to beach often, wasting countless hours spilling tea and drinking beer. Sammy took a traveling job and wound up falling in love with Chicago. She was saving to move there because she said the city felt like home. Sam was a terrible driver. She totaled at least eight cars. One time she broke the Villano bridge with a Mercedes that still had the temporary tags on it. Sammy was restaurant through and through. Most recently she was excelling as a banquet manager of The San Jose Country Club. Sammy wore a Cubs Jersey to a Red Sox game in Tampa. She loved a party and could make a mundane event fun. She made a friend everywhere she went. Sammy loved quickly and deeply. She had thousands of best friends. She was always ready to help a friend or a stranger. When she wanted something done for her, that in all likelihood I did not want to do, she would call and say “Whatch doing?” She loved cats to an extent I never fully understood. She would kiss my dog to make me happy even though she hated doing it. Sammy posted nearly fifty stupid memes a day. It is unimaginable that I won’t be seeing our shared love of puns pop up in my feed anymore. Sammy had a fiery temper. Once she threw a 409 bottle across the living room and broke my antique lamp. She loved Jack Daniels. Sam could turn even the most innocent conversation into a sexual inuendo. When my dog died she called in favors to get me into a tattoo artist late on a Saturday so that I could have what I wanted that day. Sammy was full of life. Losing my baby sister has a created a void that will never be filled.

She is preceded in death by Edward Maddox, Sr, Edward Maddox, Jr, Carlos Sanchez, Isela Sanchez, Margurite Purdue, Owen Purdue, Ralph Maddox and Leona Maddox. She is survived by Sheryl Sanchez, Sergio Sanchez, Sr, Shayla Lovett, Jason Lovett, Rylee Lovett, Lorelei Lovett, Jonas Lovett, Sergio Sanchez Jr, Rebecca Sanchez, Carthony Sanchez, Luca Sanchez, Barrie Maddox, Angie Owens, Terri Davis, Don Davis, Sr, Don Davis Jr, Heather Davis, Avery Starling, Adalynn Starling, Alix Starling, Debi Lovett, George Lovett, Justin Lovett, Michelle D'Ascanio, Sarah Lovett, Chloe Lovett, Zane Lovett, Emma McCarty and countless other family members and friends. She touched so many lives.

In leu of flowers consider making a donation to The Catty Shack Ranch – she really loved cats.

A memorial service will be held Saturday.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Samantha Elise Sanchez

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Tom Gennette

February 22, 2020

I’ve tried several times to write something here, it’s way harder than I thought it would be. Sam always had a kind word, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile that you can never forget. The world is a lesser place without her

Lara Barker

February 21, 2020

You were my adopted little sister, my p i c, my best friend, my sometimes assistant/employee, my sounding board and everything in between. You once woke me up at 2 a.m. and I drove three hours to Orlando to pick you up/rescue you when you were stranded. You talked me out of doing something stupid one night when I wanted to end it, by staying on the phone with me for hours. You always filled the void when I needed someone and I think I did the same for you. What am I going to do without you? My heart is beyond broken and I just can't imagine life without you in it. I love you and I will think of you everyday for the rest of my life. Rest in Peace.

Robert Penn

February 17, 2020

It's hard to believe that you're gone and it's even harder to believe it's already been a week and I'm just now finding out -- we did have a start/stop way of communicating with each other. After this last go, I just figured we'd make our way back to each other due time and catch a movie (like we often did). I don't even what else to besides, "I wish..." My heart goes out to all family and friends affected by the tragic passing of Sam...

Dawn Burdett

February 15, 2020

We became friends through A1A ale works and every memory I have with you was nothing but laughter and good times! You really did light up the room, such a beautiful person, you are truly missed ♥️♥️♥️
My prayers and thoughts for your family at this very difficult time
May you Rest In Peace 🙏🙏

Brigid McCullagh

February 15, 2020

They say people come in to your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I hate the fact you became a season in mine and so many of us, a lifetime in yours. In the restaurant business it’s not often you walk away from a coworker and know you will always be a friend and I’m sure that you were that friend to many of us who had the pleasure to work with you. I will miss our random calls and that feeling that time stood still. I know you brought joy in my life because I’m sadden that you are no longer here. You will hold a place in my heart, RIP dear friend and know you will always be remembered by me.

Dianna Nelson

February 14, 2020

We all were more like family...you and your big sister Shayla would come down and you would play with Catherine and Lauren.Seems like yesterday.So very sorry ...Hugs and Prayers for you all at this most difficult time.Love the Nelson’s.❤️

Avery Starling

February 14, 2020

Hey Sam I miss you and LOVE you very much. I had so much fun when you would come over for slumber parties you would do my make up and we would play with Chi and I got to stay up late. For being only 6 you ALWAYS made me feel like I was a grown up.. I will always LOVE YOU and miss you!!

Tim Straight

February 13, 2020

Samantha was a very sweet person and also funny. I had the pleasure of building Sam a cool Chevy truck(her present vehicle) which she was proud of. I met Sam's Mother and Father at that same time and invited them in my home like family so we could talk things over regarding her new truck. I was very saddened to hear of this happening. She was always so kind to me, we spoke over the phone semi-frequently about life and different subjects. I could tell that Sam had a huge heart and loved people at face value. Sam will be sorely missed and definitely left us way too early. Bless her heart and her Mama and Papa....I will be at your funeral sweetheart. God bless 🙏

Nicole Bartek

February 13, 2020

I am sending thoughts and prayers to Samantha’s family.. I worked with Sam at A1A ale works and we had some fun shifts.. it’s funny , when someone is gone we instantly try to remember the last time we saw them, what they said.. Samantha stopped in the restaurant not too long ago. she looked so happy and beautiful ... I hugged her and told her it was so great to see her pretty face..

Stephanie Opachick

February 13, 2020

Oh Sam, I don’t even have words. I’ll miss your laugh. You always told me how beautiful I was and I laughed it off because you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever known inside and out. You were the life of the party. You looked out for me when I needed you, always trying to get me a job wherever you were when I needed it. You had such a big heart. I followed you around like a puppy back in the day because I felt so special to call you a friend. I’m so regretting not making time the last year to meet up like we always said we would. I’m at peace knowing you are no longer in pain. I know you Devin and Brandon are making some noise up there and throwing down some Jack. God definitely got him a good one with you. I’ll miss you girl, thank you for all the amazing memories. I love you Sam.


Maid of Honor


Temporary tags still on the car, it has to be a record of some kind


She broke the Vilano Bridge