Samantha Howard was an outgoing, energetic girl, who liked sports and had a real sense of humor.
Sam, an incoming seventh grader at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, died along with her parents and sister in a car accident while vacationing in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada. She was 11.
Sam was born on November 27, 1999 in Palo Alto. Her aunt, Cindy Howard remembers the doula who attended Sam’s birth saying that she “had never seen a baby who could communicate so much at such a young age.”
Sam seemed to have inherited her father’s wicked sense of humor, said another aunt, Kim Saxe. She understood sophisticated humor that went over the heads of most children.
Sam had just acted in a summer camp play and played volleyball last year as a sixth grader at JLS.
Samantha is survived by her grandparents, Ron Howard, of Palo Alto and Jose and Natalia Dias of Turlock; aunts and uncles Kim and Tim Saxe of Los Altos, David Howard, of Menlo Park, John and Cindy Howard of Palo Alto, John and Teresa Dias of Turlock; Mary and Eric Horvitz and Natalia and Jim Moore; and cousins Andrew Saxe, of Palo Alto, Amanda, Laurel, and Gwen Howard, of Palo Alto, Carlo Dias and his girlfriend Samantha, Nicholas Dias, Carla and Andrea Francisco, Zachary Horvitz, Lana and Leah Moore, and Taylor Dias.