Elizabeth "Betty Ann" (Bryan) Sampson, age 87, passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 12, 2019. She was born om May of 1932 in Parkersburg, West Virginia to John and Gladys (Gearheart) Bryan. She was blessed throughout her life with the close love and friendship of her siblings: John "Jack" Bryan; Mary Jane Welborn; Constance "Connie" (Ricky) Hopkins; Rebecca "Becky" (Gary) Cunningham (predeceased); Joyce (Jerry) Miesse; and Walter "David" (Kathleen) Bryan. Betty Ann gave life to five extraordinary children: David "Davy" (predeceased) Sampson; Dawn "Terri" (James) Pechie; Bryan (Peggy) Sampson, Esq.; Heather (Steve) Blessing; and Dr. Shane Sampson. She was blessed with five grandchildren: Jennifer "Jennie" (Michael) Pechie Ohlson; James "Daniel" (Laurie) Pechie; Dylan (Kristen) Sampson; Avery (Natallie) Sampson; and Matthew Sampson-Justice. Betty Ann found great pleasure watching her great-grandchildren play, including; Celeste and Emmett Ohlson, Ilana and Amelia Sampson, and two new babes to be given life this year. She also adored her canine babes and loved the many puppies adopted into her family over the years.
As a young girl Betty Ann loved travelling with her parents to Cincinnati as a child; on these trips she developed an unwavering devotion for Reds baseball, stopping all activities to listen to the games on the radio no matter where she was. She cherished her Irish and German heritage spending years compiling detailed genealogy reports for her family. Her generous nature was first noticed when she began work as a telephone operator, using her money to outfit her younger siblings in the latest fashions. Her passion for poetry was evident when she would recite James Whitcomb Riley to young babes to ease them to sleep. There was an art to every word she wrote, her penmanship forever cherished by her family. Always of a learning mind, she loved researching the Civil War, doing Logic Puzzles, and forever encouraged all her family to never stop learning. To the sounds of country and big band music, her feet would dance and her sweet voice would sing. But most admirable to all who knew her were her values of perseverance, independence, and work-ethic; character traits passed with love on to all members of her family for generations to come.
The family will hold a private Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask family and friends to honor her generous nature with gifts of support to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at www.hsdayton.org. Morris Sons Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at Morris-Sons.com.
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