Dorothy Hinkle Sams

Dorothy Hinkle Sams, 96, of Mediapolis, died Monday, January 23, 2023 at Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House, West Burlington.  She was born November 8, 1926 in Stockport to Chester and Grace L. Hammans Douglas.  She attended Stockport schools.

She married Peter Hinkle, Jr in Iowa City; he preceded her in death.  On August 16, 1973, she married Dwain Sams in Fairfield.  He died September 27, 2017.  When she and Peter were first married, they ran the restaurant in the Brazelton Hotel.  Dorothy later worked at the Glove Factory, Sylvania, and retired after 22 years as an expeditor at JI Case Company.

She enjoyed baking and cooking; her grandchildren said her homemade noodles and mashed potatoes were the best!  She loved red flowers; wearing hats; horseracing, especially the Kentucky Derby; considered the hummingbirds to be her pets; but she mostly loved her family.

Survivors include her daughter Dianna (Steve) Klaus of Danville and son Peter Hinkle III (Cathy) of Lockridge; five grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and eight brothers and sisters.

The funeral service for Mrs. Sams will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Elliott Chapel, New London.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 with the family receiving friends from 10:00 until the time of the service.  Burial will be at Kossuth Cemetery, Mediapolis, at 2:00 PM Thursday.  A memorial has been established to feed the birds at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House.  Online condolences may be left at