Georgianne Sams


Georgianne Sams, 74, went to be with Jesus on December 17, 2020. She lived a full and beautiful life and built a multitude of relationships along the way. To know her was to love her. Georgie was born on August 5, 1946 in Duluth, Minnesota. She was the first of eleven children born to the late George and Anna Plys. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, her parents, her brother Patrick Plys, her sister-in-law Karen Plys, and her niece Jessica Plys. She is survived by her husband and very best friend of 52 years, Raymond Sams. Her two beloved sons, Eric (Shannon), Mark (Jamie), and her five adoring grandchildren Chloe, Drew, Chase, Darian, and Sienna. To say that they were her everything would not do it justice. She loved them fiercely and spent every day of her life showing them by never missing a game, an event, a family gathering, or anything they were involved in. They were her whole world. As the oldest of eleven children and with the passing of her parents, she took on the role as the matriarch of the Plys clan. Her siblings James (Karen) Plys, Michelle Canan, Peter Plys, Martin (Beverly) Plys, Jackie (Gordy) Hall, Phyllis (Jack) Hom, Charlie (Julie) Plys, Paula (Scott) Brown, the late Patrick (Laura) Plys, Alecia (Robert) Mandal, and her countless nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Plys and Sams families adored her. Georgie and Ray owned and operated Sams Florist & Greenhouse for forty-four years and were there for people in the best and worst of times. She was involved in many organizations, fundraisers, clubs, charities, and gave to everyone in need. She was also a beloved member and a weekly attendee of the Catholic church. She touched everyone she knew and even some she didn’t with a kind gesture, flowers, a card, a gift, and always a smile. She was often referred to as the Mayor of West Duluth. She was one of a kind. Her love and compassion for her family, her friends, and this life were unparalleled. This world will never be the same without her smile and memorable laugh. Just remember G, WE WOULD WALK 500 MILES just to see you one more time. There will be an intimate and private family service on Thursday, Dec. 31st at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church with plans to have a Celebration of Life this summer when it will hopefully be safe to gather, share stories, and celebrate our beloved Georgie. She loved big gatherings and celebrations where she could greet everyone with a genuine hug and an “I love you to the moon” or “I love you more.” In lieu of flowers, her family is setting up a scholarship fund to help underprivileged children play sports and be involved in activities. Georgie lived to be in the stands, watching and cheering on her grandchildren and would want to give this opportunity to others. Her family hopes to keep her legacy alive and her spirit present for years to come. Georgie’s service will start live streaming at 10:55am on Thursday, Dec. 31st at

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St., Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555.

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