Doris Samways

doris samways
Doris M. Samways, 85, Mapleton, passed away Monday, December 14 in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo. Doris was born November 23, 1924 to John and Ann (Simpson) Easton in Edinburgh, Scotland. Doris attended and graduated from high school in Cumnock, Scotland at the Cumnock Academy. After high school, she attended Whitney's Business College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Doris served in the British Women’s Service ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) for two years, from 1943-1945. She was a Corporal in the Royal Army Pay Corps, serving in the military in Edinburgh while being stationed in Bournemouth, England. On February 17, 1945 she married Edward N. Samways in Auchinleck, Scotland at the Peden Church of Scotland. Edward passed away in 2001. Edward was a flyer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1946, he returned to Canada for discharge. In June of 1946, she traveled on the HMS Queen Mary with her baby, Ann Mary to Halifax, Nova Scotia. By train, they traveled to Winnipeg where they lived. In 1949, a second daughter, Judith Ellen was born. In July of 1953, they moved to California. She started in September of 1956 with Pacific Telephone Company in the directory department and worked her way up from a mail clerk to a first line supervisor –Staff manager – Director of Administration. She retired in December of 1983 and moved to Mapleton, ND in July of 1994. In 2000, Doris received instruction and was confirmed into the Catholic faith in 2001. Doris was a devoted member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo, ND. She traveled a few times to Scotland, visited Melbourne, Australia, and Nevada. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and watching golf. She was also an avid follower of American politics. She is survived by her children, Ann Mary Gilkison, Prescott, AZ, Judith Ellen German (Robert), Mapleton, ND; 4 Grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Louisa Ann McKenzie Boyd, Mauchline, Scotland. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Roland Easton. There will be a visitation on Thursday, December 17 in Boulger Funeral Home from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7 in the funeral home. The funeral will be Friday, December 18 at 2:00 P.M. in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo. Online guestbook at

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