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Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel

9450 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Patty S. Samford

December 2, 1930July 22, 2020
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Patty S. Samford, 89, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Beloved wife of Dan A. Samford; loving mother of Scott (Wendy) Samford and Beth (Tom) Vlodek; dear grandmother of Savannah Samford, Evan Samford, Nicholas Vlodek, Sarah Vlodek, Matthew Vlodek, and Noah Vlodek; dear sister of the late Peggy (the late Grady) Purtle.

SERVICES: Visitation 4-8pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020 KRIEGSHAUSER MORTUARY WEST CHAPEL 9450 Olive Blvd., Olivette and 10am until time of service at 11am Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church 1485 Craig Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146. Interment following Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorial contributions suggested to Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Per St. Louis County mandate, masks must be worn and social distancing observed at all times. Maximum capacity in the funeral home is limited to 50 people at any given time and 35 people at the church. These guidelines are subject to change by order of the County or State without notice.

  • FAMILY

  • Eustace Woodard Sewell, Father (deceased)
  • Patty Pauline (nee Harrison) Sewell, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Dan Alden Samford, Husband
  • Scott Sewell (Wendy) Samford, Son
  • Savannah Samford, Granddaughter
  • Evan Samford, Grandson
  • Beth Lea (Tom) Vlodek, Daughter
  • Nicholas Vlodek, Grandson
  • Sarah Vlodek, Granddaughter
  • Matthew Vlodek, Grandson
  • Noah Vlodek, "Grandson"
  • Peggy (Grady) Purtle, Sister (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Savannah Samford
  • Evan Samford
  • Nicholas Vlodek
  • Sarah Vlodek
  • Matthew Vlodek
  • Noah Vlodek

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Memories

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Michael Alberswerth

August 3, 2020

I was in the Mt. Zion choir with Patty for many years. She was a Soprano in the front row. She never failed to cheerfully greet everyone around her in practice and on Sundays. The world is a poorer place without her smile and her kind words.

Jill Svejkosky

August 1, 2020

I feel so lucky to have known Patty through Mt. Zion Church. We sat on the same side and shared blessings often. God's blessings to her family and friends in our loss, secure in knowing that she is at peace.

Gael Green

July 29, 2020

How wonderful to know Patty is now truly enjoying the wonderful peace and Grace of her Heavenly Father.
Blessings and prayers for the family.

Susanne Watkins

July 28, 2020

Patty was such a special person. The world will miss her beautiful light.

Lori Lloyd

July 27, 2020

I loved my auntie ( which when I was born is what she wanted me to call her ) more than anything in the world. I’m so glad she passed peacefully if she had to leave. God bless my uncle Dan and my cousins and Neice and nephews throughout this hard time. I love you all and god bless.

Pam Finch

July 27, 2020

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. psalm 116:15
Holding many fond memories of Choir, parties, and
Preschool with Patty and her family.

FROM THE FAMILY

Patty with her son, Scott, and grandchildren, Savannah, Matthew, Noah, and Evan

FROM THE FAMILY

Patty playing with her granddaughter, Sarah, in May of 1995

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Patty with Husband (Dan) and Granddaughter (Sarah) celebrating Sarah's final concert with The St. Louis Children's Choirs in 2012

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Patty and some of her church friends

FROM THE FAMILY

Patty with her son, Scott, and grandchildren, Savannah, Matthew, Noah, and Evan

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Patty playing with her granddaughter, Sarah, in May of 1995

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Patty with Husband (Dan) and Granddaughter (Sarah) celebrating Sarah's final concert with The St. Louis Children's Choirs in 2012

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Patty and some of her church friends

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Patty with grandson, Matthew in March 2019

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Patty celebrating her 86th

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Patty having a great time on vacation

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Patty with her grandchildren, Nicholas and Sarah, Pere Marquette

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Patty eating Christmas dinner in 2019 with her Granddaughters, Sarah and Savannah, and Sarah's partner, Nick

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Patty with grandson, Noah, at a church event

Biography

Patty Lois Sewell Samford 12/2/1930 - 7/22/2020

Patty was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. She spent her early years on the family farm with her parents E.W. Sewell and Pauline Sewell, and her younger sister Peggy Ann. They later moved to town where her father became Chief of the El Dorado Fire Department. Patty graduated from El Dorado High School in 1948 and continued on to Magnolia A & M. Upon returning home in 1949, she worked for Lion Oil Company until 1954. During this time she was active in the First United Methodist Church, socially, and in the community. She was president of the Jaycettes - the women's auxiliary of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Patty married Dan Alden Samford April 11, 1954. They spent two years in Fort Eustis Virginia while Dan completed his two - year tour of duty in the Army. They returned to El Dorado in 1956 where Patty and Dan both worked for Monsanto, and were again active members in the Jaycees and Jayacettes, even performing together in a production of Guys and Dolls!

Patty and Dan moved to Trenton, Michigan when Dan was transferred by Monsanto in 1963. Patty became a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with friends in a weekly bowling league. The two welcomed their first child, Beth Lea, 12/27/1965. The little family moved to Creve Coeur, Missouri, in 1967 when Dan was transferred to Monsanto's headquarters. The couple adopted their second child, Scott Sewell, shortly after his birth 8/9/1970. The judge worked extra hard to get Scott into the household as quickly as possible, and he finally came home Thanksgiving Day! Patty continued to stay home with Beth and Scott until an opportunity to work for a friend arose in 1982. She was originally just going to work temporarily, but she enjoyed the challenge and friendships she made and ended up working until 1995 when she retired to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren!

Patty enjoyed bowling and continued playing in a weekly league until she went back to work. She was an active member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She loved singing in the choir, and she was very involved in the United Methodist Women, serving several terms as president of the organization over the nearly five decades she was a member. Patty was an active and involved mother and grandmother. She was at every performance and game of her musical and athletic children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and spent a lot of time babysitting, going to local attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, and taking special trips with the whole family whenever it was possible.

Patty was a wonderful wife, loving and kind mother, thoughtful friend, and the best Nana any grandchild could ever wish for. Her joyful spirit, patient grace, sassy sense of humor, and unconditional and all-encompassing love made her truly one of a kind. Her beauty shone from within. She was our rock of strength, our example of Christ's love, our most verdant cheerleader, and she gave the best hugs and cuddles, even as covid19 spread and we couldn't touch, but just feel her love from across the room or the phone line. We are all deeply grateful for every second we had with her here on this earth, and will wait patiently and live fully until one fine day when we join her in heaven.