'Our hearts are broken' - Services set for NH woman, children murdered by airman husbandStaff report
March 22. 2018 4:42PM
A memorial service for a Webster native and her two children who were slain in a Washington state murder-suicide will take place next week.
A service for Samantha Field, 32, and her two children, Ava Grace, 4, and Ashen Conner, 2, is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. March 27 in the Phaneuf Funeral Home in Boscawen, according to the family’s obituary.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington said last week that airman Clinton Field, 29, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, shot and killed his wife and children March 13 at their home in Spanaway, about 45 miles south of Seattle, then killed himself.
Samantha was born in Concord to Christine and Thomas Reardon Jr. and would have turned 33 next Friday, March 30. The Reardons moved to Webster when Samantha was 15, where she was home-schooled.
She left Webster at age 18 and married Field in 2013 while he was stationed in Valdosta, Ga., according to her obituary.
In November 2016, the Field family settled in Washington, where Samantha took a job as an administrative assistant in a local law office.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Det. Ed Troyer said Clinton Field had been upset and had mentioned suicide in the past, according to media reports.
Family members say the couple might have had a divorce proceeding about to start, according to Troyer.
Samantha was a Cross Fit enthusiast and loved to bake and cook. Her children were “fiercely independent and strong-willed” like their mother, the obituary said.
According to the Reardons, Ava Grace and Ashen Conner “both possessed boundless energy, creativity, and a maturity far beyond their short years. Sam was a wonderful and deeply involved mother who enjoyed teaching the kids everything she possibly could. Cooking in the Field household was always an opportunity to learn, with both children at the counter alongside Mom, learning how to crack eggs and chop vegetables. Ava had already begun working on the basic mechanics of reading and she loved gymnastics.”
“Our hearts are broken,” Thomas Reardon said in a statement last week. “We lost half our family in one person’s selfish act.”
Read the Fields’ obituary here.