Samantha 'Sami' Haley Myler
Samantha “Sami” Haley Myler passed away unexpectedly in her home of natural causes November 19, 2015. She was daughter of Joseph and Holly Myler, sister of Brittany and Logan Bredberg, sister-in law of Kelsie Bredberg, and leaves behind many cousins, uncles, aunts, grandmas, friends, and pets who love her dearly.
Samantha was born in Fortuna, California June 8, 2000 sporting vibrant red hair and bright blue eyes. Her first home was out in the country surrounded by dairy farms in the coastal community of Ferndale, Calif. where she immediately carved a confident, spunky niche in her world. She attended pre-school at Ferndale Children’s Center and was head cheerleader at her sister and brother’s many basketball, soccer, and track events. She moved with her family across Fern Bridge to Fortuna, Calif. in 2005. There, she attended Ambrosini and Toddy Thomas Elementary Schools, made many friends, and began playing sports herself, including Little League and soccer. She learned to do cartwheels and handstands at HealthSport Gymnastics.
The family moved to Ashland in 2012. Her sister, Brittany, moved up in 2013 to live with them and attend SOU. Her brother, Logan, held down the fort in their hometown and married his high school sweetheart, Kelsie, making Ashland their second home. Sami was lovingly brought into the fold at Ashland Middle School and the Ashland community. She was involved with soccer and learned to ski in the Mount Ashland after school ski program. She attended ninth and tenth grade at Ashland High School. She was involved with a cappella choir and was in her second year of French. She was planning to use her new language skills on a most excellent adventure to Europe in the summer of 2016 to visit London, Paris, and Wales where the Dr. Who museum, the catacombs, Harry Potter Studios, and Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium awaited her. She had plans to continue her education through college with a major in art or science.
Sami was a talented artist and was interested in environmental science inspired by her science teacher, Mrs. Kinfield. Sami adored animals, especially cats. She became a cat crew volunteer at the SoHumane shelter in Medford with her mom in June 2014 where she showered the shelter cats with tender, loving care. The Ashland High School community helped guide her interest in social justice. She applied her knowledge of Buddhism to this interest, adding a deeper layer of compassion, while advocating for equality and the right for all human beings to be proud of their genuine selves.
Sami loved movies, TV, and Youtube. Her favorite shows were Supernatural, Spongebob, Adventure Time, Dr. Who, anime, Tyler Oakley, Oscar’s Hotel, Disney, Friends, The Avengers, and many more. Her favorite super hero was Captain America…“Language!” She also loved playing video games especially Soul Calibur and Zelda late into the night with her brother and his wife when they came to visit. She was always thrilled for their visits. She shared a very special place with her sister, their double recliner in the living room. There they spent many hours, watching shows, snacking, and cracking jokes. They were very loving and supportive of one another. She shared her life openly with her parents and kept them close by expressing her thoughts, dreams, and interests with them. Without fail, she would say “I love you, goodnight” every night before she went to bed. They were immensely proud of her. Sami had a beautiful, close group of friends who encouraged her to be the best Sami she could be; they loved and appreciated her sassy, funny, quirky, unique, artistic personality.
A month before she passed she went on an amazing Disneyland vacation with dear friends, Mak Starkweather and family. She had a blast, returning home with a grin stretched ear to ear bearing gifts and treasures, to include a Sorting Hat for the family. A week before she passed she completed her Christmas shopping online. The gifts have been showing up in the mail since she passed. Mom got
Simarillion by Tolkien and Dad got a Clay Mathews bobblehead. Christmas was Sami’s favorite holiday. The night before she passed, she sketched up a Supernatural design for a future tattoo. She had borrowed a red scarf from her mom for a choir performance at an assembly on Thursday. She had a fabulous boho outfit picked out for her friend's Sweet 16 party that Friday. She had printed out funny pun memes for her English teacher, Mrs. Antilla. She was happy. She leaves a huge hole in the lives of everyone who knew her. She was a light, she was full of life, she was "Sami girl".
The Myler family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the overwhelming support they’ve received from family, friends, neighbors, and the extended community. The generosity and love has helped ease their pain during this devastating and heartbreaking time.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Ashland Springs Hotel in the grand ball room. A gofundme account has been set up to help pay for final expenses. A link can be found on Joe Myler’s facebook page titled “Sami’s Celebration of Life" by Joe Myler.