Sara A. Samaha


Hoping for a different outcome, ALS took over and Sara succumbed on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Danbury.

ALS did not dampen her spirits or overcome her. A cure is on the horizon but it wasn't meant for her.

Born December 20, 1949, Sara was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut to the loving and guarding arms of George and Laura Samaha. She shared her life with her grandmother, brothers, and sister, Michael, Laureen, and George Jr. George married and brought Monique Heller, Elisabette and Lori into the fold. She left in 1973 following graduation at Western Connecticut State University with a degree in nursing. New Orleans became her home for the next 20 years where she developed lifelong friends who were her main source of support in health and illness: Jan Sullivan and Stanford Latter, Jim and Elena White, Phil and Nancy Truxillo, Gerry Morton, Don and Iris Fitzgerald, and Jackie Sullivan. They provided her with a great source of comfort and visited regularly with gifts from New Orleans.

Her nursing career spanned over 40 years. The majority of her career was in critical care nursing. She was active in the New Orleans District Nursing Association and served as President for five years. She actively participated in The American Association of Critical Care Nurses. On the local level she served as Chapter President and was able to participate on a National Committee. She maintained her certification throughout her practice in Critical Care. She is forever grateful for the love and support she received from Touro Infirmary for enhancing her career. She then became a traveling nurse, working in Charleston, New Haven, Santa Fe, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Hudson, Florida. She eventually settled in Knoxville, Tennessee where she than completed her career in Women's Services working under the direction of a magnanimous director, Bernie Hurst, with great support from Sandra Tipton, Alice Houser, Cathy Fry, Jennifer McGregor, Denise Price, Pauline Harris and Judy Taylor. She also enjoyed working with the Pharmacy staff at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

Her spiritual well being, was overseen by Mary Kay Burdette. It started out as a bible study group with Rob and Jan Macelroy, Hoddy and Pam Worden, Jessie Wagner, and Fred and Celeste Meunier.
Thad and Mary Kay Burdette, became the best neighbors ever (bne!). They along with their son allowed her to participate in their life and she was able to witness their son developing from a beautiful boy into a beautiful man and marrying his beautiful bride, Lauren. Never had she experienced so much love from neighbors.
Sara would like to recognize her ALS support group in Knoxville for carrying her through. Without them, she would not have been able to thrive with ALS. They showed her she could still have fun even with such a devastating disease. A special shout out goes to her caregivers, Brenda Welch, Sheila Welch and her daughter McKenzee, Cindy Norton, Mary Hinsel and her daughter Isabelle.

Sara would also like to recognize Angie Ketron and her son Brennen. Angie visited her regularly in Knoxville. She made sure we utilized the time to enjoy the surroundings. Fred and Celeste Meunier, Chiquita Hoskins, and her neighbors in Conner's Creek subdivision generously donated their time to help care of her. Also, she would like to thank the staff of Dr. Jonathan Glass and Dr. Christina Fournier, Jane Boudreaux, RN at Emory University for allowing her to participate in a clinical trial and being available in every way possible.

Coming full circle she returned home to Danbury, where she was in the loving care of Regional Hospice and Home Care. Her cousin Jimmetta campaigned for her return and with the help of her husband, Joe, they were able to secure a place for Sara. Hospice Care provided a better quality of life since her return. Life's stressors were no longer a factor in dealing with daily issues so she could focus in on her care. The return home turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The quality of care provided was excellent and beyond reproach. It started at the top and filtered throughout the staff. She will be forever indebted to the entire staff. The team consisted of nurses, nursing assistants, chefs, volunteers, social workers and chaplains. There was nothing they would not do for her, nor was there anything that she needed or wanted for. This allowed her to spend more quality time with her family, extended family and dear friends.

It goes without saying, she will forever be grateful to her brother, George and Monique Samaha; Laureen, her sister; her niece, Lori and Dan McAnaspie and their sons, Ryan and Brendan; niece, Elisabette and Art Hyatt and their sons, John, Will and Nicholas.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 17 Granville Ave., Danbury with the Rev. Naji J. Kiwan, Pastor officiating.
Interment will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury at the direction of the family.
The family will receive friends at St. Anthony Church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the ALS Association of Connecticut, 4 Oxford Road, Milford, CT 06460, or Regional Hospice and Home Care, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.
Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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