Sammye Lee Nini, 84, of Orange, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, in New Castle, Pa. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange, with the Deacon Harvey Dubois of St. Frances of Assisi officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 5 p.m.  and a rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Sammye was born in Arlington on Dec. 23, 1924.  She was the daughter of J. Saw Martin and Frances (Broderson) Thomas. Sammye worked for West Orange Cove ISD for 35 years and was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M. Victor Nini Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Vickye Hoffman and her husband John of Highland Ranch, Colo., Margaret Richard and her husband David of Orange, Patricia Nini of Little Rock, Ark. and Sherri Holmes and her husband Brian of Terrell.  She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Ticia Mangino, Cicilye Williams, Victor McFarland. Tiffanye Slaughter and Brittanye Willy; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister.

Serving as Pallbearers will be John Hoffman, David Richard, Austin Williams, Victor McFarland, John Slaughter and A.J. Weber Jr.          

For those who wish, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005.