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Lois Frances Sams

Lois Frances Sams
December 20, 1929 — November 24, 2017

Lois Frances Sams, 87, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., died on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at the Excelsior Springs Convalescent Center in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Frances was born on Dec. 20, 1929 in Mirabile, Mo., the daughter of Albert Ray and Greta Fay (Swigart) Pierson. She was united in marriage to George B. (G.B.) Sams of Excelsior Springs on May 16, 1948.

Frances was a farm wife who worked alongside her husband of 69 years, farming their entire life together on the family farm south of Excelsior Springs. They had dairy cows from the start and sold their last cow in July of 1986. She loved her family more than anything and also enjoyed embroidery and gardening. She was of the Christian faith and had attended the Rayville Christian Union Church where her son-in-law is the pastor.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by one daughter, Phyllis Elliot; one brother Cliff Pierson; two sisters, Evelyn Peebles and Wanda Meyers; one great-granddaughter, Adelyn Rose Sams and one son-in-law, Terry Shepard.

Survivors include her husband, George B. (G.B.) Sams, of the home; two sons, Everett Sams (Kathy) and Roy Sams (Sherry) both of Excelsior Springs; three daughters, Juanita Shepard, Sharon Clevenger (Ron) and Brenda Bickford (Mark) all of Excelsior Springs; five brothers, Bob Pierson of Hamilton, Mo., Larry Pierson (Lorene) of Lathrop, Mo., Albert Pierson, Jr. (Irene) of Turney, Mo., Dean Pierson (Mary) of Lawson, Mo., and Carroll Pierson (Judy) of Hamilton; one sister, Betty Pierson of Hamilton, 16 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Rayville Christian Union Church, Rayville, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs.

Arrangements provided by Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, Mo. Online condolences to the family may be left at

By Standard Staff •

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