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October 25, 2013

Irene E. Sams, 71; New Albany

— Funeral services for Irene E. Sams, 71, New Albany, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Newcomer Funeral Home in New Albany with burial to follow at Mount Zion Cemetery in Elizabeth. She died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany with her family by her side.

She as born March 29, 1942, in Floyd County to the late Charles G. and Viola M. (Riley) Sams. She was a member of the Floyd County Animal Rescue League and a former employee of both Paramount Plywood and Horseshoe Casino.  

She leaves to cherish her memories brother Melvin R. “Bud” Sams and wife Vada; sister, Madeline J. Durbin and husband Jim; and several nieces, nephews, and good friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Betty L. Rake, Shirley A. Peppler and Gary W. “Sonny” Sams.  

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 240 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40222) or the Floyd County Animal Rescue League, 215 W. Market St., New Albany, IN,  47150. To leave a special message for the family, visit

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