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Samantha was the Epitome of Love

Samantha Sacks, the beautiful, boisterous 16-year-old with a heart as big as Texas, was the epitome of love. Everything she did was based on love. “Sam” loved life. Just one look on her social media affirms that Sam emulated love.  Her infectious smile taking center stage in every photo, her kind heart projecting it’s limitless capacity in every word.

Sam loved her mom and dad, her sister Sydney, and her friends with every inch of her being.  No words can describe the hole that is left in all our hearts with her loss. Sam loved to laugh and to make others laugh.  Her silly sense of humor was captured in her everyday life, whether singing ‘the oldies’ at the top of her lungs, creating hilarious ring tones for everyone’s numbers, or dressing up in outlandish get-ups for Halloween, she made life more fun for all of us.

Samantha and Sydney were yin and yang sisters – completely different yet completely the same, easily filling in each others’ words, sharing their deepest thoughts, conspiring practical jokes to play on their parents, enjoying late nights at Whataburger, or planning which concert to attend next.  Samantha adored her big sister, and Sydney adored being her big sister.

Sam was infatuated with bones, even from the earliest age, and dreamed of being an orthopedic surgeon.  She loved school and excelled at her studies, ranking in the top 10% at Shepton High School where she was a sophomore.

Samantha loved volleyball and was captain of her team. She never met a beach she didn’t love. She treasured her dog Spike, the tiny terrier who slept with her every night, often waiting impatiently for her to move her homework off her bed so he could jump in.

Sam did not know a stranger.  She was a fiercely loyal friend who would do anything for anyone. She never failed to make someone feel better and encouraged others to end every conversation with “I love you” because you never know when you’ll have the chance to say it again.

Sam and her friend Lilly Davis were killed Friday, February 10th in a one-car crash on Mira Vista Boulevard in Plano. A third friend, Kendall Murray, was severely injured and taken to the hospital where she was last reported in the ICU in serious condition.

Samantha is survived by her parents, Julie and Jeff Sacks, and her sister Sydney, who miss her more than any words can ever say.  She is also survived by adoring uncles, aunts and cousins, and hundreds of friends who will continue to carry her memory forever.

Sam’s laughter was cut tragically short, but if you listen, you will hear her love all around you.  May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX 75240

followed by a graveside service at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery, located at 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.

Shiva services will be held Tuesday and Wednesday nights beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charitable organization in Samantha’s blessed memory.

A memorial fund has been set up by friends of Samantha. Donations may be made to ‘Memorial Fund for Samantha Sacks’ c/o Guaranty Bank & Trust, 16980 Dallas Parkway, Suite 110, Dallas, TX 75248.

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