Chua “Sam” Downer-Benson, 80, passed away at home with her family on April 24, 2022. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Tuesday May 10, 2022, with the funeral service to follow at Heritage Funeral Home. Burial will be at Killeen Memorial Park and Cemetery following service at 1:30 PM.
Sam was born on December 9, 1941 to Mr. and Mrs. Thaikamon in Bangkok, Thailand. She came to the states in 1971 to Ft. Hood. She was a military wife and in 1977 began to travel to Germany. They stayed there for four years. Sam worked for the Commissary in Germany. Before coming back to the states, she went to Thailand to bury her father and then returned home to Killeen to reunite with her family. Sam was an avid fisherman, loved to cook and watch cooking shows, and garden in her spare time. Her favorite shows were, I dream of Jeannie, Bewitched and westerns. Lately she was really into the old cop shows like Perry Mason. It was a family tradition to BBQ every Sunday. Sam did enjoy slot machines when she could get to a casino.
Sam was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thaikamon; her first husband, Clifford Baldwin; her 4 brothers.
She is survived by her son, Robert Lee Baldwin; her granddaughters, Crystal Leeann Noyola and Samantha Lee Baldwin; her grandsons, Justin Ray Pemberton, and Kody Derrick Shaw; 9 greatgrandchildren; her sisters, Tay and NingNong.