Doris Mae Overton was born on November 29, 1922, in Warren County, near Indianola, Iowa. She was one of eleven children that were born to Eli and Edith (Cole) Overton. Doris received a high school education and on August 29, 1941, was united in marriage with John Wilbur Sams in Sedalia, Missouri. They were blessed with six children: Delores, Bert, Linda, John Wilbur Jr., June, and Roy. Wilbur and Doris began their married life farming near Indianola, Iowa. Following his discharge from the Army during World War II, he continued working as a farmhand in the Waukee, Milo and Shannon City, Iowa areas. He later became employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa and during this time Doris remained a devoted homemaker and mother to their children. Her domestic skills remain a special memory to them and in particular the canning she did and her peanut brittle, apple butter, noodles, breads, and pie crusts she would make. On Christmas Day, 1990, her husband, Wilbur, passed away. Doris was talented at making jump ropes and pillows for her family, and enjoyed doing crafts and puzzles. In her later years she found fulfillment in babysitting her many, many grandchildren.
In June, 2012, Doris became a resident at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehab Facility in Knoxville and passed away there on New Years Day, 2017, at the age of 94 years. Her family has grown from five children: Delores and John Hardy of Osceola, Iowa, Bert Cornelison of Knoxville, Linda and Joe Noland of Des Moines, Iowa, June and Greg Aalbers of Kirkville, Iowa, Roy and Darla Sams of Des Moines; to include 24 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 35 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Of her original family she leaves one brother, Frosty Overton of Des Moines, of her family of eleven siblings. They were a half-sister, Grace Sills, her brothers: Marvin, Richard, Kenny, Clifford, Junior, Bob, Dale, and Leo Overton, and her sister, Darlene Wares. Besides her husband, Wilbur, and her siblings Doris was preceded in death by her son, Johnny, who was killed during the Vietnam War, a grandson, Rodney Doser, a grandson-in-law, Rick Collins, a great-grandson, Bobby Barnhart, along with her parents, Eli and Edith Overton.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 5, at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville.
Published on January 10, 2017