King Sams

Belvedere, California

1932 - 2019


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King Risley Sams

Nov 4, 1932 - Mar 11, 2019

King Risley Sams was born on November 4th 1932 in Lancaster, PA . She was the only child of Rev. Ernest and Adele Risley, who moved to Savannah, GA when she was three. She attended high school at St. Mary's in Raleigh, N.C. then transferred to...

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As a sister Wellesley graduate, I enjoyed many Wellesley centric events with King. She embodied my ideal Wellesley woman..involved in her community, her family and the great wide world., and with that lovely southern accent.
Linda Wyatt Gruber 66

I'll miss you, King. Thank you for your support as the genealogist for Colonial Dames. I especially remember the wonderful cocktail party you gave when you first became our President. It was a lovely day in a lovely setting. Your good works on earth will be rewarded in heaven. You are indeed a role model for all of us. Valerie Hamilton

It is a rare thing for a person's life to have been a blessing to those whom she had never met, and who had never known who she was. This remarkable lady, whose entire life was an act of grace, was such a one.

The best laugh and best spoon bread ever. We will miss King always. Much love to Bruce.

She made the best gumbo in town. What a wonderful gift she.was to our California sociiety

King was an inspiration to me. She welcomed me so warmly when I joined the Dames. Always a lady - gracious, kind, and oh so smart - she was always full of ideas and such fun to be with.
Her passing is a loss to me and to many. I feel so lucky to have known her.

Dear Sams Family,

Mrs. Sams was my favorite teacher, EVER. She taught me 6th Grade in Weston, Massachusetts during the 1957-58 school year. Two quick anecdotes:

She told a wonderful self-deprecatory story about her time as a Southern girl at Wellesley. She was making an announcement about an event to be held in Worcester, Massachusetts, but pronounced the town phonetically WOR-ces-ter, instead of the New England pronunciation WUHS-ster. That got a laugh from her fellow...

King was one of my favorite people. I will love and miss her always. Sending much love to the family.