In Memory

Autumn Paige Sansom - Class Of 1997

Autumn Paige Sansom

 Autumn Paige Sansom

October 5, 1978 - February 23, 2007

On February 23, 2007, a pickup and bicycle accident caused the death of Autumn Paige Sansom, age 28, in Bothell, Washington.

She was the daughter of Fredell Schwartz Sansom of Tuscola, Texas, and the late Mickey Sansom. Her grandparents are Sidney and Sarah Schwartz of Bay City. She was attending Bastyr Medical School in Bothell.

Her survivors are: mother; brothers, Taylor of Arlington, Texas and Marc and Tonya of Friendswood, Texas; uncles, Harvey and Lynn of Suwanee, Georgia, Stacy and Tonya Schwartz of Bay City; niece, Madison Sansom and nephews, Alex and Jake Sansom of Friendswood; cousins, Clay, Reed, Lauren, Nicole, Aaron & Rachel Schwartz.

Autumn was an organ donor and Memorial Services are to be held on March 10, 2007 in Tuscola.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fallen cyclist was a "star" at Bastyr
By Peyton Whitely

Seattle Times eastside bureau

From her apartment on Locust Way north of Kenmore to Bastyr University is barely five miles, and Autumn Sansom had made the ride on her bicycle nearly every day since she enrolled at the school in 2005.

On Friday, the ride turned to tragedy, when Sansom, 28, was fatally injured in a collision with a pickup in the 15000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast at about 5:15 p.m. as she was riding home from classes.

She was in her second year of a doctoral program in naturopathic medicine and was viewed as a "bright star" at the school, said Teri Thomas, university spokeswoman.

"She was very bright, well-loved, a cheerful, lively young woman," said Thomas. "She was going to be a gifted and natural healer."

The King County Sheriff's Office reported the collision took place when Sansom was northbound along Juanita Drive just north of the entrance to the Bastyr campus. Her bicycle collided with a truck driven by a 46-year-old Kirkland man as he was leaving a store parking lot. The driver, whose name was not released, was not injured.

Sansom later died at Harborview Medical Center. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Sansom was from Tuscola, Texas, and in 1997 received a biology degree from what was then Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

"She always wanted to help people, that was a dream of hers, to be a naturopathic physician," said her mother, Fredell Sansom. "It was a calling."


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09/03/09 10:51 PM #1    

Marca Gibson (1996)

Autumn Paige was my best friend and she was so in her element in Seattle. She loved it there and she would have been a great Dr. I visited her the May before her accident and I cherish the memories I have of her there. She was there for a short time but she made such an impact while she was there. I love and miss her so much!

02/04/09 07:34 AM #2    

Rafael Garcia (1997)

I lost a dear friend that Feb. evening Autumn was like a sister to me I remember the first day we met. We were in the sixth grade buffalo gap had to come to lawn to continue school. We hit it off that first day and since than we were close. I was saddened the day Marca called me to tell the bad news I was in Ait training at Virgina at that time. I was a little upset that I could not attend the funeral but Aut will always know she will always be apart of me. So for now I say good bye to a dear friend for one day we will meet up again!

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