Samantha Jane Keleher Bursum (age 14) brought light and joy to our lives every single day from her birth on August 14, 2009, until her untimely passing following an automobile accident on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Samantha was preceded in death by her grandparents, Holm O. Bursum III and Earle Powell Bursum.

She is survived by her sister, Katherine Anne Keleher Bursum; her mother, Loretta (Lori) Wills Keleher; her father, Michael Earl Bursum; and her grandparents, Michael L. Keleher and Margaret Wills Keleher; as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Rosary will be said for Samantha at FRENCH – University on Friday, March 15, 2024, following a viewing at 5 p.m. in Albuquerque. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE, on Saturday, March 16, at 9:30 a.m. also in Albuquerque. A Memorial Mass will be said at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of

Mary, 1240 S Espina St., Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., in Las Cruces.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Las Cruces Catholic School’s scholarship fund (, or to Community of Hope, or to the Ocean Conservatory (

Please visit our online guestbook for Samantha at FRENCH – University 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333.