Samantha Neff

January 25, 1988 - April 14, 2017

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Samantha Marie Neff, 29, of Urbana, Ohio passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 in her home.

Sammy was born January 25, 1988 to Letitia Anne Neff and Ethan F. Lynum. She lived in Urbana with her parents, Letitia and Tim Nelson, who loved her with all of their hearts, along with her beloved siblings, Chanel Nicole Neff and David Lee Neff, who always loved her, cared for her and had great adventures with her. We are all heartbroken in our loss of her. Sammy was the personification of Joy and love. She shined with the brightest light. Everyone was a friend to her. Everyone was loved by her. She was fearless in spirit and giving by nature.
Sammy enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved music, books, movies and surfing the Internet. She also loved to swim, boat, fish and camp. She loved caring for people and animals. She loved roller-coasters and street fairs, concerts and drive-in movies. She loved family gatherings and being with friends. She loved watching the stars and she believed in magic. She believed she was made of mermaids and pixies and we who loved her believed in her magic.
Sammy was a 2009 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and Madison-Champaign ESC. After graduating she interned for a year with Project Search before beginning her career with Downsize Farm. She thrived with her second family at Downsize Farm. She loved her work, her opportunities and her place in the community. Most of all, she loved the people.

Her family misses her very much and asks on her behalf to hug a little longer, always give love and cherish the time you have. Also, try a little magic now and then. Our loss is immeasurable.
She loved us an eternity’s worth and we will carry her with us always.

Sammy embarks on her next journey saying goodbye for now and see you again to her sister, Chanel, her brother, David, her parents, Letitia and Tim and her father, Ethan, her sisters in life, Courtney Nelson Baird ( Michael, sons, Aiden, Owen and Liam) and Kelsey Nelson in addition to “Grandpa” Dallas and “Grandma” Renee; grandfathers, Thomas E. Neff and Gene Henderson; aunts and uncles, Christopher M. Pocholy, Timothy S. (Leesha) Neff, Jennifer L. Neff, Jeffrey T. (Hope) Neff and Lorraine, Loretta, Eddie and Antonietta Marie “Squeaky” Lynum; as well as several cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Sammy will be joining her grandmothers, Tonia (Tonny) Kaye Neff and Mary “Francis” Lynum, and cousin, Cornell D. Lynum.

Funeral services to celebrate Sammy’s life will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, April 21, 2017 at VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, with Pastor Bob Custer officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. prior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial Contributions are respectfully requested to the family to help off-set funeral cost or to The Spotted Cow, 927 N. Main Street, Urbana, Ohio, 43078.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


H. - Apr 19, 2017

Our condolences,not knowing Samantha, her face shows a humble heart. I’am Ethan’s uncle, his mother’s youngest brother.May Father keep you, as His face shines upon you and give the family peace and joy, as Samantha returns home. Blessings and Shalom..The Ard’is Family

Cheryl Rexroth - Apr 18, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve known Sammy since she was in junior high. When I think of her…. I always smile. I so enjoyed the years I had with her in class and it has continued throughout the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jenny Standley - Apr 18, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Sammy had a smile that could melt anyone’s heart, and I know how much she Loved her family you could see that in her face when she looked at any of you, and we could also see the Love you all had for her. Hoping the cherished memories made with Sammy carry you all thru the difficult days ahead. Sincerely, Jenny Standley.

sam keller - Apr 18, 2017

im really sorry for the neff family losst an sammy was a good friend to me an i will be thanking about her

Jen McCormack - Apr 17, 2017

Words cannot express the heartache I feel at learning of Sammy’s passing. I think she’s taken a piece of my heart with her. I’ll always remember and cherish her sweet personality and fun nature. She was always so kind and sensitive to others and wanted everyone to be happy. Seeing her at the Farm participating in all our activities and bringing smiles to others was always a special part of my days while I worked at the Farm. It’s still hard to believe I’ve been gone for 5 years now…It always seems like I was just there yesterday. I know nothing can take away the pain of losing this dear sweet angel, but know she would want nothing but happy happy joy joy for all of us. My thoughts and prayers to you.
Most sincerely,

Sue, Dan and Amanda Wilber - Apr 17, 2017

We are so sorry to hear about Sammy! She was such a sweet girl! Our prayers and thoughts are with your whole family!

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