April 10, 1987-Jan. 5, 2019
Mrs. Samantha Corrine Arnold passed away on Saturday evening January 5, 2019, at her residence in Butte, Montana. Born on April 10, 1987 in Bakersfield, California to Scott Nelson and Theresa Faye (Osborn) Abad. Samantha was known as Sam; but answered to Sammy, Samma; she would also introduce herself as Awe-Sam. When her younger siblings or her nieces and nephews would give her a hard time she would say, “You know they call me ‘Sammy Tuff Tuff’.” Then would playfully wrestle them to the ground and say, “Say it, say it!” and wouldn’t let them up until they said that she was “queen of the world forever, no challenge.”
Samantha attended Pioneer Elementary in Bakersfield, California, and Greeley Elementary in Palisade, Colorado, before attending Central High School in Clifton, Colorado. She graduated R-5 High School in Grand Junction, Colorado; graduating two years early with her brother Larry. She was employed as Head of City Manager for Dialogue Direct through Children International in Denver, Colorado, before beginning her most recent job as Customer Service Representative at Mile High Motors where she was employed at the time of her death.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2006, John and Sam met; she was so shy and quiet, she hardly said two words to John (which wasn’t Sam at all). She thought John was the coolest guy ever and their first date brought them to Denver, Colorado, for three days and they have lived together since. On July 1, 2016, Sam married John Arnold in a ceremony held at the Sheepshead Recreation Area near Butte. Together, they enjoyed spending time with their “fur babies”, Destiny and Stella. Sam loved spending time with her dogs and would include them in every activity she could; she made sure that her dog would be able to attend her wedding when searching for venues.
Sam adored family. She enjoyed camping and the outdoors. She always made friends feel like family and family feel like friends; as to be expected, her step-mother, Christine, was one of her best friends. Sam was always inclusive and told you she loved you the minute she realized she did; so much that on her wedding day she invited all of her family and friends camping with her for her wedding weekend. Sam was proud of her Native American heritage, and was a member of the Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Indians. Sam was great with all kinds of crafting projects and multi-talented; for instance, Sam and John crafted the trunk of the previous year’s Christmas tree into sections and made mementos to take home for their wedding and made confetti from the limbs of the tree. Sam, John, Louis, and Shannon, her brother and sister-in-law, went rock hounding to get crystals and other precious stones as part of the decorations for the wedding, amongst other crafting. Sam looooooooooved stickers and glitter and lots of other decorations! As Sam’s father said, “Sam could make a bead out of the coffee table that you could wear, and it would be the entire table.” Sam would include and teach anyone any of the crafts she was working on. Sam also preferred receiving handmade gifts over store bought, Sam’s sister Meah hand painted a canvas that said, “Sam and John 7-1-16” that was hung in a prominent place in their home.
Sam was considered the super-cool sock champion and had a fanny pack for every occasion. She would say, “I’m bringing fanny back!” or “Do you want to put something in my fanny?” motioning to with both hands to the fanny pack on her waist. She enjoyed singing everything she said and had the best cheesy dance moves on the planet that would bring a smile to anyone in her presence. Whether you liked it or not, Sam had a special birthday song for you and would sing it loudly for everyone to hear wherever you were.
Sam was always up for a new challenge and one of her newest challenges was teaching herself to play the ukulele. Sam wanted to learn how to play the ukulele because music runs in her family. Her father, Scott, brothers, Jon, David, Issac, and Marquis all know how to play the guitar and Sam wanted to learn how to play the Ukulele with them. As people know she was fun-sized, so when she held the uke, it looked like a guitar. As a surprise, on her last birthday, John brought Sam to a Bozeman music shop. They walked into the shop and she said with disgust, “What are we doing here?” John replied, “You want a ukulele, right?” She was instantly excited, got a giant smile on her face, threw her hands in the air, and yelled, “Where are your ukuleles?!?!” Since then she quickly acquired the ability to proudly play three songs and was working on the fourth.
Samantha was preceded in death by her mother, Theresa (Terry) Osborn; and grandparents, Lawrence and Reba Todd, Marquis Abad, and Peggy Osborn. Also Father-in-law Dennis (DeJay) Arnold; and grandparents Terence Outing, Rosemary McDonald.
She is survived by her husband, John Arnold; parents, Scott and Christine Abad; step-parents, Jason and Lora McKenzie; siblings, Louis (Shannon) Abad, Lawrence Abad, Brandy Heavrin, Jonathan Abad, David Abad, Issac Tavera, Meah Tavera and Marquis Abad.
She is also survived by her in-laws, parents, Anastasia and Neophytos Harris; siblings, Mary (AJ) Stickel, William (Andrea) Arnold, Benjamin (Racquel) Arnold, Hannah Arnold, and Demetrios Arnold; grandparents, Jane Outing and Charles McDonald; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss her immensely.
Friends may call on Saturday, January 12, 2019 after 12:00 PM (noon) in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM. A further celebration of Sam’s life will be held following the services. In lieu flowers, memorials are suggested to the Samantha Arnold Memorial Fund, ℅ Duggan Dolan Mortuary, 1805 Meadowlark Lane, Butte, MT 59701, to assist in defraying final expenses.