In memory of

Mavis Sams

December 24, 1938 - October 9, 2023
From: Fort Dodge, IA
Mavis Sams

Mavis Sams

Born: December 24, 1938
Died: October 9, 2023
Age: 84
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   Mavis Sams, age 84 of Fort Dodge, IA, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2023, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, surrounded by her family. Mavis Jean Smith was born on December 24, 1938, the youngest of five children, to parents George and Mabel (Schnirring) Smith in Sac City, IA. She grew up on a farm just outside of Sac City, first attending country school and then Sac City High School. Mavis graduated with the Class of 1957.
   On August 15, 1959, Mavis married the absolute love of her life, Maylan Sams, in Sac City. This union was blessed with three children, LaDon, Ty, and Desiree. Throughout their married life they lived in several places but the majority was spent in Manson, IA, where they raised their family. Mavis worked in production at Northwest Bodies in Manson for over twenty years and later at ADF Manufacturing in Humboldt, IA. She retired in 2000.
   Mavis loved her family and always made spending time with them her top priority. Whatever they were involved in or enjoyed doing, she was right alongside supporting them. She and Maylan lived in California for a short time and while there, Maylan’s love for drag racing began. His love for racing very quickly became Mavis’ and the rest is pretty much history. From there on out weeknights and weekends outside of work were consumed with motorcycle hill climbs, dirt track racing, or drag car racing. Mavis was known as the “Grammy of the track” as she faithfully attended races well into her eighties. She took great pride in supporting all of her kids and grandkids by attending their activities and events, even if it meant traveling to another state. She was always along for the ride…always there, supporting her loved ones in any way she could.
   Sadly, in 1997, Maylan passed away which meant Mavis would spend the next twenty-six years still very much devoted to their union. Always knowing in her heart that one day, their reunion would be glorious…much like their whole married life together was here on earth. Their relationship was one to admire. Their strong love for one another was evident. Mavis was someone that everyone adored. Her whole demeanor was that of kindness, patience, giving and caring for all in her presence. Once retired, she decided to work part-time at CVS Pharmacy to make her ‘race money’ and along with that became a volunteer at the hospital in Fort Dodge. She was awarded recognition for giving over one thousand hours of service as a volunteer. In fact, over the years she volunteered over 5000 hours at the hospital.
Mavis enjoyed quilting in her spare time. This was something that she learned to do growing up with her mom and aunts/cousins. She made each of her kids a quilt that they will forever cherish. She also enjoyed putting together puzzles and almost always had one out on the table to work on. She was one of a kind, the kind that the world needs more of. Her family will miss her dearly as will all who knew and loved her. Rest assured, she was greeted by Maylan with open arms and they now have the best seats in the house as they watch down on their beloved racers, cheering them on as their forever biggest supporters.
   Mavis is survived by her children, LaDon Sams of Fort Dodge, IA, Ty (Barb) Sams of Lincoln, NE, and Desiree Sells of Fort Dodge, IA; grandchildren: Ty Johnson, Casey Jo (Jordan) Peterson, Ryan Sams, MyRranda (Jason) Kendle, and Brock Sells; great-grandson Bryan Johnson; sister Shirley Kitsmiller of Sac City, IA; many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Maylan Sams; parents George and Mabel Smith; sister Marie Ramstad; brothers Wayne Smith and Darrel Smith.
Tribute Video
10:30 a.m., Friday
October 13, 2023
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Rev. Mark MacWhorter
5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday
October 12, 2023
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Cedar Cemetery
Rural Sac City, Iowa


Friday, October 13, 2023 at 1:35 PM
“LaDon, We were so sorry to see that your mom passed away. She was a wonderful lady, and always had a smile on her face. Mom and I seen her in CVS a few months ago and got to talk to her. Sending our deepest condolences for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏💔😭”
- Kim Rudloff & Dick and Olive Wilson
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 8:56 AM
“So Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was such a nice lady and a true race fan.i always enjoyed talking to her whenever she came with you guys.”
- Christopher Calvert
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 8:56 AM
“So sorry for your loss”
- Dale Cox
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 8:56 AM
“Ladon and Ryan- Mavis was awesome. Her dedication and love for racing was unquestionable and will be a memory of mine forever. It was always a pleasure to talk to her. I am glad we got to say hello at the car show this summer. Thinking of you guys and praying for peace.”
- Brett Meyer
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 8:56 AM
“Our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mavis. She was a dedicated Volunteer for Trinity Regional Medical Center for over 14 years and volunteered over 5,000 hours! We are so lucky to have gotten to experience her kindness and generosity over the years. Mavis was our Trinity family. May memories of her smile and laughter guide you all in the coming days. ”
- The Volunteer & Guest Services Team at TRMC
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 2:52 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to all the family.”
- Mike & K'Lee Naberhaus
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:55 AM
“I am so deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your mother LaDon, Ty, Desiree and families. It doesn't matter what age they are, it is still hard to lose your mother. May you find strength and peace in the memories you shared together. My deepest sympathy to all of you!”
- Shelly Hauser Bleam
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 4:20 PM
“Sorry about your loss to the whole family, we always enjoyed her when she came to the races etc . she was a Great Lady and she will be missed. reat ”
- David & Marilyn Wells
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 3:37 PM
“U all have my sympathy with ur loss ”
- Charlie Schnirring
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 10:50 AM
“We are so very sorry about your Mother. She was a good woman. Miss seeing all our old families from Hill Climbing.”
- Doris A Waddell
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 1:07 AM
“I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have with your mom. She will be forever missed. Our deepest condolences for you and your family during this difficult time .”
- Rose Davie
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 1:07 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Sam's family with the passing of Mavis. Heaven gains another special angel with her. I will miss her deeply. She was very special to both my brother, Matt, and myself-we loved her as family.”
- Peggy Lund
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 9:24 PM
“Sorry to here”
- Kelly W Brown
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