Sammye Jess Rink, who resided in Fort Smith, Arkansas, died Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at Baptist Health Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born December 12, 1932, in Floydada, Texas, to the late Bonnie Houston Shultz and Vallie (Sisson) Shultz. She was 87 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Earl Rink; her daughter, Gloria Ellen Rink; and her youngest grandson, Michael Allen Rink.
Sammye was a life-long registered nurse and a minister in the United Methodist Church and Nazarene Church for the last 20 years. She touched the lives of hundreds of people throughout all four corners of the country and Alaska. She was currently a member of two churches, Midland United Methodist and River Valley Church of the Nazarene. She taught Sunday School and Bible studies right up until a month before her passing.
A family held memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 17th, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.
She is survived by one son, Dr. D. Chris Rink and wife Gladys McCutchen Rink of Fort Smith; three grandsons, Christopher Lee Rink of Fort Smith, John Alan Drueckhammer of Fort Smith, and David Eugene Drueckhammer and his wife, Christina Lancer Drueckhammer of Plano, Texas. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, Adyn, Aryn, Aspyn, Anyn, and Aowyn Rink of Fort Smith and Tyler, Wesley, Sara, Hannah, and Maggie Drueckhammer of Plano, Texas.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Cremation Services in Fort Smith, 914 N. 32nd St. Fort Smith, AR 72903. (479) 434-3901 or (479) 965-8202
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In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the Michael Allen Rink Memorial Scholarship at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.