Joann Victoria Tyndall Sam

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A service for Joann Victoria Tyndall Sam, 72, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nixon Tribal Gymnasium.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today at Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary, 2155 Kietzke Lane.

Mrs. Sam died Oct. 24, 2004, in Reno. She was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Everett, Wash., to Christopher Edward Jr. and Dorothy Lyon Tyndall.

She was a member of the Omaha Tribe of Macy, Neb., and lived on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation at Nixon.

In her early years, she lived in Oywhee, attended Wasatch Academy, graduated from Carson High School, and attended Haskell Junior College.

She married Roger Kenneth "RK" Sam in Reno July 12, 1952.

Mrs. Sam worked for the State of Nevada Division of Forestry for 34 years as executive assistant to the forester. After retirement, she moved to the family ranch in Nixon and worked for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

She loved watching the Los Angeles Lakers, golf and rodeo. She enjoyed sports, including basketball, tennis and bowling.

Among her survivors are her husband of 52 years; sons Stephen C. of Carson City and Kenneth R. of Nixon; daughter, Shawn Marie Sam of Carson City; brother, Christopher Edward "Tiger" Tyndall III of Glenwood, Wash.; stepmother, Patricia A. Tyndall of Carson City; stepbrothers Edwin "Whitney" Brown of Reno and Raymond Brown of San Francisco; and many nieces and nephews.

Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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