Dorine “Dee” Sams
1928 - 2009
Dorine “Dee” Sams, 81, of Payson, died June 24, 2009. Born Feb. 22, 1928 in Osage City, Kan., she was the sixth of seven children born to Arthur and Nellie Thompson. Her family moved to Denver, Colo. when she was in grade school in the 1930s. While attending North High School, Mrs. Sams met her future husband, Tom.
In 1944 she learned to build and pilot a glider. Mrs. Sams was the only known female glider pilot in the United States at that time.
Dee and Tom married in 1946. They lived in Denver until 1958, when they moved to Scottsdale. They raised their family in Scottsdale. Mrs. Sams was active in the Scottsdale Artists League and co-founded the Scottsdale Teenage Art League. In the late 1960s, she began her career in real estate. In 1976, they moved to Payson.
Mrs. Sams worked for Christensen and Associates and Coldwell Banker real estate offices, before opening her own office, Dee Sams Action Realty, in 1986. She also became a real estate appraiser. She retired in 1996.
A self-described “tough old broad,” Mrs. Sams was a very determined, “can-do” person, who always seemed to know how to get through the hard times. She was extremely family-oriented and loved being close to her three daughters, her sons-in-law and her three grandsons.
Dee and Tom loved to travel, especially going on cruises.
Mrs. Sams is survived by her daughters, Sam (Andrew) Bowles, Jerri (Charles) Copenhaver and Jill Morgan (Kevin) Seitz; grandsons, Tylor Morgan and Tanner Morgan; sister, Karin Nedeau; and her dear companion, Irv Zelgewicz.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Thomas A. Sams Jr.; her grandson, T.J. Copenhaver, and five sisters and brothers.
A service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 27, with a viewing one hour before, at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St