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Florence M (Diehl) Sams

April 2, 1925 ~ December 17, 2021 (age 96)

Obituary

Florence M. Sams, 96, of Colonial Courtyard, Bedford, formerly of Manns Choice, was welcomed into her eternal home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 1PM.

Born on April 2, 1925, in the white house next to the Methodist church in Buffalo Mills, she was the daughter of Franklin Diehl and Jenny (Clites) Diehl.

Florence was the widow of Walter C. Sams.

She is survived by son- Gary (Patsy) Sams, Everett; son- Darl (Janie) Sams, Bedford and daughter- Sharon Bowers (Sam), Clear Spring, MD; grandchildren: Travis Sams, Amy Sams, Whitney Sams, Courtney Baker, Tricia Fetter, Aaron Sams, Rebekah Irizarry, Bryan Bowers and 16 great grandchildren. Also, a special sister-in-law, Fay Diehl who she loved like a sister.  Florence was preceded in death by her father and mother, husband Walter (December 2, 1986) and the following siblings: Harold, Elwood, Alvie and Adeline Diehl. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a member of the Manns Choice United Methodist Church. She graduated from Schellsburg Napier High School in 1942. On October 26, 1946, in Cumberland, MD, she was united in marriage to Walter Sams to become an Army wife and travel for over 20 years to two foreign countries and three states, living in Germany twice, Turkey, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia before settling back into the hills of PA. Home was never designated by a place, but home was the place where the Sams family happened to live at the time because Florence made it home. She always made sure the family found the local church or Army chapel as a spiritual foundational base. The kitchen was never without something home baked. It could be anything from pies to cakes to cookies. Christmases were always special because she made them so right down to the "Charlie Brown tree". After living the life of Army wife, the family settled in Manns Choice to see the family grow with grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were made to feel that special touch that only she could render.

Flo, as she was sometimes called, enjoyed sewing, playing board games, card games, puzzles, crossword puzzles, cooking, baking and traveling but most of all her family.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from 1-2PM at Louis Geisel Funeral Home, Bedford with a Funeral Service at 2:00PM with Pastor Gary Sams officiating. 

Interment at Bedford County Memorial Park, Bedford.

A special thank you to the staff at Colonial Courtyard for their years of wonderful care and to Grane Hospice for their caring service during the last six months. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Grane Hospice, 115 Union Ave., Altoona, PA 16602 in honor of Florence Sams.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.geiselfuneral.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Louis Geisel Funeral Home, Bedford.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Florence, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Tuesday
December 21, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Bedford Location
330 E. Pitt St.
Bedford, PA 15522

Funeral Service
Tuesday
December 21, 2021

2:00 PM
Bedford Location
330 E. Pitt St.
Bedford, PA 15522

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