Regular readers know that we’ve seen our share of senseless deaths in the last two years. And it’s happened again. My friend, Jaime, was killed on Saturday morning. Needless to say we’re all (all of us that knew her) are shaken with the event.
From the Denton Record Chronicle:
Woman killed when her SUV strikes tree
11:23 PM CST on Saturday, February 13, 2010
By Candace Carlisle / Staff Writer
A 32-year-old woman was killed early Saturday after she failed to navigate a curve in the 12800 block of Mustang Road in Denton County and hit a tree, said Trooper Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Jamie Buckingham was killed instantly at about 1:30 a.m. when she hit the tree, which penetrated the driver’s seat of her sport utility vehicle, Haschel said.
There were no witnesses to the accident.
Later that morning, a passerby saw the woman in the vehicle and notified authorities, he said.
I heard about the crash first thing when I got online Saturday morning through another friend of ours. Jaime is a month younger than me. We grew up rodeoing together and had stayed in touch all these years. I just helped her sell a horse a month or so ago. She was always the first to say Hi. You could go a while without seeing her and she was always the same! You could count on Jaime to always be smiling, joking, and causing some sort of trouble. We loved her for that.Her aunt was our rodeo secretary all through high school; I still see her Aunt, and her daughter (Jaime’s cousin) at barrel races whenever I am back.
Her Obituary was published in the Fort Worth Star Telegram:
Jaime Lynn Buckingham (1977-2010)
Jaime Lynn Buckingham, 32, was granted her angel wings Saturday, Feb. 13 2010.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist of Denton. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DeBerry Funeral Directors.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Children’s Camp, Denton Elks Lodge #2446, 228 E. Oak St., Denton, Texas 76201.
She was born Nov. 28, 1977, in Dallas to Tommy Jeter and Kathy Erwin. Jaime graduated from Lewisville High School in May 1996. She married Brian “Bucky” Buckingham of Saginaw on April 28, 2001. Jaime and Bucky brought a beautiful baby girl, Kynlee Lane Buckingham, into this world March 14, 2002. She worked for Jeter Three Inc.
Survivors: Husband, Brian “Bucky”; and daughter, Kynlee Buckingham, 7, of Aubrey
She will be sorely missed. On a positive side, I’m about to get to see some folks that I haven’t seen in 14 or more years and while this death is tragic and senseless, it will bring many people together again.