ONAMIA -- Darlene Mae Sam, 42, Onamia, died Saturday, Jan. 1, news, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
She was born May 8, 1957, to Charlie and Clara (Wind) Sam Sr., and was given the Ojibwe name Odishkweginebiikwe. She attended school in Fargo. She moved to Milwaukee, Wis. and worked as a home health aide. She later returned to Onamia and worked various jobs. She was a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Survivors include three sons, Vince Stobb, Milaca, Kevin Stobb, Onamia, and Nicholas Mitchell, Buhl; two daughters, Michelle Mitchell, Garrison, and Amy Mitchell, Princeton; her mother; eight grandchildren; a brother, James Sam, Onamia; six sisters, Karen Sam, Lorraine Sam, Janice Sam, Deanna Sam-Boyd, Mary Sam and Rhonda Sam, all of Onamia; and a special friend, Steven Hanks, Onamia.
Her father, an infant son, four brothers, Dennis, Charlie Jr., Marlon and Kevin Sam, and four sisters, Kathy Matrious, Brenda Nayquonabe, Judith Sam and Sandra Sam, died earlier.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mille Lacs Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation.
Friends may call beginning at 4 p.m. today at the community center.
Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
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