Elizabeth “Betty” Sampson, 82, of the Celina Manor Nursing Home, and formerly of 159 Longview Court, St. Marys, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Celina Manor.
She was born on Dec. 30, 1931, in St. Marys, the daughter of Patrick Richard and Stella (Fitzpatrick) Kelley.
She married James H. Sampson on Sept. 30, 1950, and he survives at the residence.
She is survived by her children, David Sampson of St. Marys, Ruth (Dean) Wale of St. Marys, James (Carla) Sampson of St. Marys, John (Kathy) Sampson of St. Marys, Patrick (Cathy) Sampson of St. Marys, Julie (James) Hollman of St. Marys and Anna (Kevin) Katterhenry of Celina.
She is survived by 16 grandchildren, Brenda (Scott) Howell, Brian (Michelle) Wale, Mike Sampson, Joey Sampson, Amanda (Darren) DeMange, Elizabeth Sampson, Tyler Sampson, Mallory Sampson, Nicholas Fortman, Brooke (Garrett) Gray, Lisa (Charles) Howe, Nick (Sarah Meyer) Katterhenry, Nanette (Keith Lyme) Katterhenry, James Hollman, Matthew Hollman and Jacob Hollman.
She is survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Ben Howell, Brett Howell, Trent Wale, Carter Wale, Lilly Sampson, Kaylee Katterhenry, Ethen Howe, Charley Howe, Alex Lyme, and Parker Lyme. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Fink of St. Marys.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick Richard and Stella Kelley, a son, Michael Sampson, sisters Lucille Bayley, Bernadine Isenberger and Gertrude Riploh and brothers Bernard Kelley, Richard Kelley and Edward Frank Kelley.
Betty was a 1950 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. She retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in St. Marys after 32 years of service. She was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, where she was a member of the Altar Society and had been a faithful member of the church choir for 50 years. She had also taught CCD at Holy Rosary Church.
She was an accomplished artist, and painted in watercolors, oils and pastels; she was a member of the Lima Art Club and Association. She was a past Republican Poll volunteer. She was very proud of her Irish heritage.
She will be remembered as a very loving mother, and as a person who was always willing to help another person. She was very musical and enjoyed sharing her talents with her family and church. Her commitment to Holy Rosary Church was very important to her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Rev. Barry Stechschulte officiating.
Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys, and one hour prior to the funeral mass on Thursday at the church.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Celina Manor Activities Fund.
Condolences may be sent to Betty’s family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.