Samantha, the dear sweet kitty adopted by Scott Simon in August 2000, peacefully made her trip over the bridge to eternal Rainbow Heaven on March 29, 2019.
She was adopted in August 2000 by Scott Simon and Stephanie Rife, who was then his wife. The placement of Samantha for life-time loving care was made possible by the ex-wfie of Bob Thill, a longtime friend of Scott, who shared a broadcasting career in Kansas City and first met in 1975 while they worked as rink guards at St. Louis County (Mo.) Greensfelder Rink.
Samantha lived a peaceful life of love, first in Kansas City, then in St. Louis, first at the home of Scott’s mom, then to a new home in St. Louis at A1 U Store it in Spanish Lake in 2013 where Scott worked as an onsite live-in Property Manager.
In August, 2017, Samantha made her final trip in life to Las Vegas where she lived with Scott until God’s calling to her to join him in Rainbow Heaven.
Samantha now her beloved soulmate Fuller, who was co-adopted with Samantha, and entered Rainbow Heaven in 2011.
Samantha was best known for being the most gentle of cats, easily making friends with other kitties and doggies, such as Squeaky, the companion of Scott’s mom from February 1999-February 2012, the doggie companion Scott’s Aunt Retha “Babe” Thompson, and Maggie, the longtime companion of Gail Smith, Scott’s former companion.
As Samantha settles into her eternal life, Scott gives thanks to friend Nick Kasoff, for taking care of Samantha in Scott’s absence from March-August 2017, and to the Kersting family in Las Vegas, Jay, Kathy, Alex, and Ben, who took care of Samantha in September-October 2017 when Scott was hospitalized.
Thank you to LaPaloma Pet Cremation Services in Las Vegas, for making it possible for Scott to have a part of Samantha until the day he is called to heaven.
In closing, Scott is said because Samantha’s new journey ends direct connections he had with others during her nearly 19 years of life but is happy she is at peace and in no pain.
For that, Scott asks that you make a contribution, financial or volunteered time, to the APA. It is the preferred agency for Scott and his late mother.
Scott’s closing wish is to care for God’s chosen furry friends in the way He wants us to do, but also to heed restraint and not undertake the care of them unless we are financially and mentally capable of doing so. It is unfair to them if we are not the best stewards for them to have happy lives.
Samantha lived a happy life and was loved by all. She cannot be replaced.