Sams, ‘faithful’ Corydon resident, laid to rest
Geneva E. Sams, a long-time township advisory board member and community-minded person, was laid to rest Saturday in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon. The 79-year-old Corydon resident died Monday, March 16, 2015, at The Villages of Historic Silvercrest in New Albany.
‘Ever since I’ve known her, she has helped people,’ Lester Rhoads of Corydon said. ‘She took her work very serious … and was a faithful resident.’
That ‘work’ included 33 years at Harrison County Community Services.
‘Even though I had known and worked with Geneva for a short time, her care for the people of the community was always evident and foremost in all the work she did,’ Rick Cooper, executive director of Harrison County Community Services since November 2010, said. ‘Additionally, it seemed that she knew exactly who to call in any situation to help get a person assistance. This made her an amazing asset for our community and also for Harrison County Community Services.’
‘She knew who to call and when to call,’ he said. ‘She was very noble and so heartfelt for the people she served.’
Rhoads said he has known the Sams family ‘for as long as I can remember,’ especially once the old EUB Church merged with the Methodist, which resulted in Rhoads and Sams both having membership at Old Capitol United Methodist Church. He also served several terms on the Harrison Township trustee advisory board with Sams.
‘She was very fair, sharp and thoughtful,’ Rhoads said. ‘She was current with what’s going on, too.’
One example Rhoads, also a township trustee advisory board member, gave was the substation south of Corydon for the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Dept. Sams had said the new building needed red doors. An ailing Sams was shown photos of the finished building, complete with red doors.
‘She cared deeply about people in her community, especially those who struggled,’ Jim Kincaid, chairman of the Harrison County Democrat Central Committee, said. ‘She worked hard to improve things in the community within her power. She was what public servants should strive to be.’
Sams was just elected to another four-year term as a township advisory board in November.
‘She was a good Democrat and will be missed,’ Kincaid said. ‘Our prayers go out to her family.’
Sams’ community involvement ran the gamut from serving on the old Corydon Grange Hall No. 2133 board and the Harrison County Parks Dept. advisory board to being a founding member of the Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Psi philanthropic sorority and helping start Hayswood Theatre and the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool, both in Corydon.
Her other involvements, which were listed in her obituary in last week’s newspaper, also included serving on the Indiana Governor’s Council on Aging board, serving as a certified counselor for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program and as a member of the Welfare to Work Planning Council, the Child Protection Team for Harrison County Division of Family and Children and the Home Rehabilitation Oversight Committee.
In 1998, Sams received the Hoosier of the Year award and was a past recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award.
Sams’ family suggests memorial gifts to Old Capitol United Methodist Church to be designated for schoolchildren food donations.
‘She was a pleasure to work with,’ Rhoads said, ‘and was always willing to help.’
Dems plan caucus for Sams’ seat
The Harrison County Democrat Central Committee will have a caucus to fill the late Geneva Sams’ position as a Harrison Township trustee advisory board member.
The caucus will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.
Anyone interested in completing Sams’ term, which goes through Dec. 31, 2018, should send a letter to the Harrison County Democrat Central Committee, P.O. Box 686, Corydon, IN 47112. A CEB 5 form must also be sent 72 hours before the caucus.