In Remembrance

Nikiski resident Samantha Kaye Hayes, 32, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022, at home after battling cancer.

A celebration of her life will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Captain Cook Campground.

Samantha was born Oct. 21, 1989, in Cape May, New Jersey. She attended Academy of Art in San Francisco, Calif. emphasizing in illustration.

She moved to Alaska in 2003 and lived in Seward until moving to Nikiski in 2009, when she began working at Ink Works in Kenai. She later worked at Charlies Angels Pizza from 2018-2020. She then worked for M&M Market until her passing.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, drawing and painting.

Her family writes, “Sam spread joy and a smile wherever she went. In the most recent years that joy came from homeschooling her daughter and her employment at M&M Market in Nikiski. Her integrity and constant humor inspired happiness, whether at work, with her friends, or among all the many incredible medical staff she came to know during her illness. She was an avid book reader, and a gifted artist and illustrator. Sam loved spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and dogs she loved so much.”

She is survived by her father and mother, Joseph and Mina Hays; daughter, Mia Wallace-Hayes, co-parent, Micah Wallace; and brother Jesse Hayes all of Nikiski; brother, Tucker Bamburg of Axton, Virginia.; and her grandmother, Enda Lennon of Ninilchik.

Arrangements by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.