OBITUARY

Dorothy Marie Sammis

September 2, 1941January 31, 2019
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Unexpectedly on January 31, 2019 DOROTHY MARIE “Dot” SAMMIS (nee Norman), amazing mother to Debbie Higgins (Ken), Dawn Fink (Charles) and the late Diane Sammis; dear sister of Betty McDermott, Robert Norman, Sr. Aloysius Norman, SSND, Virginia O’Malley, Ronald Norman and the late Jennings Norman, Mary Grubbs and Kathleen Sasaki; cherished Nana of Ally and Grace Fink. Also lovingly survived by Richard Sammis.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030 on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed in Dot’s name to School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21212 or visit www.ssndba.org.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dorothy Marie Sammis

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berdie maranto

February 13, 2019

When Ginny called me and told me the sad news about Dorothy, it was quite a shock. Dorothy always seemed to be so strong and so full of life. On several occasions, I had the privilege of being with Dorothy and I must say that these times were good times to be had by all. I loved her sense of humor and also her strong, independent work ethics.

I am so sorry that I will not have another chance to joke with or to have fun with Dorothy again.

Terri Martinelli

February 11, 2019

Thank you for the pitcher Aunt Dot. I will miss you 😘. Love and God Speed 🙏🏼

Wendy Sammis

February 8, 2019

Debbie and Dawn,
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your families. A good heart has stopped beating and a good soul has ascended into heaven, but the wonderful memories of your mom will remain forever with those who cherished her. She was a remarkable woman who was devoted to her family, her friends, and her faith and I will remember her with great admiration and fondness.

With my love & sympathy,
Wendy xo

Wendy Sammis

February 8, 2019

Debbie and Dawn,
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your families. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul has ascended to heaven, but the wonderful memories of your mom will remain with you forever. She was a remarkable woman who was devoted to her family, her friends, and her faith and I will always remember her with great admiration and fondness.

With my love and sympathy,
Wendy xo

Ally Fink

February 6, 2019

Dear Nana,
Thank you for everything you have done for me since I was a little girl and till now. I will always cherish all the memories with you. Our tea parties, playing the memory game, bedtime stories, walking the wall, and all the fun pool parties. Thank you for picking me up from school and buying me Starbucks. I appreciate all the times I gave you piles of clothes to hem and sew. I am glad that someone appreciated my love for Lilly because it made me unique by wearing bright and fun colors. Thank you for teaching me to be kind and to stay strong. I still cannot believe that you are gone. Just the other day I was talking to you on the phone and the next day I learned that heaven gained an angel. But I’ve now learned to never take anything for granted because your whole life can change in the blink of an eye. That what is important in life is family and friends and now how you look. I will miss you forever nana. Enjoy your time in heaven with Diane. Whenever I hear thunder I’ll think of you up there bowling. Love you nana ❤️

MARSHA BYNION

February 6, 2019

Dorothy, My heart is broken you were always there for me from the time my mom passed away when I was just 13yrs old. You have been my ROCK my whole LIFE! I could always count on you for anything! We did so much together and shared so much together! We had many Great times, all the Girls Trips all the Pool Days, Bingo and so many celebrations! My life is going to have a BIG void in it and it will never be the same. I Love You and I MISS You so Much.........MARSHA GALE XOXOXO

Grace Fink

February 6, 2019

Nana,
I still can't wrap my head around it that you are gone. I will always cherish our memories together. We had the best of times when I was little that I will carry for the rest of my life. From having backyard horse shows and our fun sleepovers with your awesome bedtime stories to walking the wall. I remember bathtime and your special massages after and watching movies and eating moose track ice cream. Thank you for always putting the special booboo medicine on me when I got hurt. Thank you for paying for my horseback riding lessons and pony camp. Thank you for being my chauffeur for the past 7 years. I will miss listening to podcasts and talking about books with you in the car while sipping on dunkin hot chocolate that you always bought me. Thank you for all the yummy meatloaf dinners with mac and cheese and baked beans. Thank you for teaching me how to stuff a turkey. I love you so much nana and I will miss you forever. Enjoy Heaven.

Your granddaughter Grace
ps: I have been sleeping with the "nana" pillow that you made me:)

Betty Noonan Soltynski

February 5, 2019

Dear Dot, you have heard the saying, you never know how much someone is missed until they are gone. That is so true with your passing and with the loss of Jackie. Now our group is getting smaller each year. I know it's going to be hard to fill your shoes, but I hope someone steps up to organize and keep our tradition alive. You have been the rock that held us together. You surely will be missed by all.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.
Love, Betty N S

Dawn Fink

February 5, 2019

Mom,
As I am sitting here in the car waiting in a long line for the car wash I have been overwhelmed with emotions. The last several days have been so busy preparing that now I am sitting in my own silence trying to absorb the past six days. Debbie and I were so blessed to have you to ourselves for the short time you were in the hospital. The conversations we had, the stories we relived, the hugs and kisses we shared will be forever in my ❤️ I am having a hard time thinking about what my life will be like without you in it 😞 but we know all to well how time moves forward after a loved one dies. Debbie and I had you for 77 years and now it is Diane’ turn. I know for sure she greeted you with open arms and you probably are still hugging each other 🤗 I love 💕 you so much and will do my very best to continue to make you proud. Just like the meme I sent you weeks ago, I only hope I am half the mother you were to me and Debbie. My heart is broken 💔. I love you. 😘

Maria Tilley

February 5, 2019

I am so sad to hear about the passing of Ms. Dot. She was a wonderful friend to my mother and my entire family. Lots of great memories including years of carpool to and from NDP, and more recently, she and my Mom's casino trips! Love to Debbie, Dawn and the Sammis family.

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Biography

Unexpectedly on January 31, 2019 DOROTHY MARIE “Dot” SAMMIS (nee Norman), amazing mother to Debbie Higgins (Ken), Dawn Fink (Charles) and the late Diane Sammis; dear sister of Betty McDermott, Robert Norman, Sr. Aloysius Norman, SSND, Virginia O’Malley, Ronald Norman and the late Jennings Norman, Mary Grubbs and Kathleen Sasaki; cherished Nana of Ally and Grace Fink. Also lovingly survived by Richard Sammis.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Thursday, 2-4 & 6-8pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030 on Friday, February 8, 10am.

Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed in Dot’s name to School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21212 or visit www.ssndba.org.

Debbie's Eulogy:

We are all gathered here today because prayers were answered. My mom, always vibrant and full of energy, was diagnosed last week with terminal cancer. She went to the doctor on Friday and passed away a week later. She never felt any pain and never knew the magnitude of disease that was invading her body before this point She made her phone calls, kept up with her many part time jobs , ( which we eventually lost count of) and had just completed teaching her millionth mahjong class on Wednesday ( of which they all graduated). She was a stickler for order ( her order) and didn’t understand why anyone would want to do it any other way. She loved the ladies she worked for and they were family. She would make crockpot meals and take cars in for service work. Pick up kids from school and schedule maintenance repairs. Nothing was off of the list. She was never shy about asking strange men for help but she could replace spouting and build furniture all on her own. She was self sufficient and her own person. She did what she wanted and did it the only right way...her way. And i was so proud of her. All this came after being married at ? year and raising her 3 girls along with anyone else who straggled in. She was an awesome mom(although she did have a big stick and did use it) and we were lucky she got to be at home with us. She was the ultimate horse show mom for me although she was afraid of them and could only drive the truck and trailer forward. No backing up at all. She could throw bales of hay with the best of them and always reminded me i left the barn water on and ran the well dry...before my dad got home. Life seemed easier and safer. We walked to my mema s for lunch on a regular basis and went to the swim club in the summer. She wasn’t a great cook(sorry mom) but we never went hungry. The family joke was if you told her you liked something she made you got it each and every meal from then on so we learn to be judicious with our compliments. Eclair desserts and cheesy zucchini became a staple for years. She was never more excited then when she became nana. She loved those girls. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them and she was so proud of the mom that dawn became. They didn’t always see eye to eye as to how “parenting” should be done but had a mutual respect for each other’s perspective. That seems to be how generations adapt. My sister and i were soooo lucky to be with her this last week. I heard so many stories and learned so many thing about her and she about me. We talked about the past and the future. We never felt like this was the last night or the last conversation. It was easy. My sister and i have an absolutely wonderful relationships. A bit of each parent in both of us. Over the years i have earned the nickname the “hammer” because I’m blunt and ask the hard questions and say the hard stuff. She is the caretaker and the nurse. The record keeper and phone call maker ( i hate to call people) so we are a compliment to each other. I’m not sure what she talked about with mom but when it was just mom and I I did ask the questions. What and if she wanted to do about the cancer? Did she want more test? Who should know? What should we tell people? Was she afraid to die? I got those answers straight and clear. She was not doing anymore testing. She was not doing any treatment. She didn’t want people to come visit and sit and stare. ( but she felt bad about turning people away) she didn’t want to be an invalid to be taken care of but most of all she didn’t want to suffer like her daughter Diane did. When i lost my sister i lost a piece of my mom i could never get back. A deep sadness that would never heal. She was longing to be reunited with a piece of herself that had been taken away.
Today is answered prayer. All of us here today that know Dot, Dorothy,Mil,Sil, sister ,aunt, cousin, friend and mom is where we prayed she would be. Quickly and quietly out of pain with no suffering and no indignities. Finally to be with the child she lost and at peace finally whole again. We will miss her love and caring and laughter and joy but we prayed to God and our prayers and her prayers were answered.