Deb­ora Ann Samp­son

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EDGE­WA­TER — Deb­ora Ann Samp­son, 67, of Edge­wa­ter, MD, de­parted this life on Oct. 20, 2016 at her res­i­dence.

Deb­bie be­gan this life of il­lu­mi­na­tion as the old­est of six chil­dren born to Betty and John White in Cincin­nati, Ohio, on April 22, 1949. Later, Chris­tine and James Graves, their son, James Graves Jr. and their daugh­ter Pa­tri­cia (Graves) Van Ars­dale wel­comed a young Deb­bie and her sis­ter Bob­bie into their home as the chil­dren’s new foster par­ents. It was in the care of the Graves that all the house­hold’s chil­dren be­gan their life of ser­vice and de­vo­tion to the Lord. This strong Chris­tian ex­pe­ri­ence would guide Deb­bie through­out her life.

From an ed­u­ca­tional per­spec­tive, Deb­bie’s light be­gan to shine in the Cincin­nati Pub­lic School Sys­tem, where she grad­u­ated from Wy­oming High School in 1967. Deb­bie’s in­nate de­sire for ser­vice man­i­fested early in life, mo­ti­vat­ing her to at­tend Ohio Univer­sity in Athens, where she ob­tained her Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in Med­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy. Through­out her ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences she was a stu­dent leader, an or­ga­nizer, a pol­ished pub­lic speaker, an ac­com­plished and com­pet­i­tive cheer­leader and first Black Cap­tain at both the high school and col­le­giate level. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Deb­bie be­gan her pro­fes­sional ca­reer as a Med­i­cal Tech­nol­o­gist at Jewish Hospi­tal in Cincin­nati. The shine of her kind, and help­ful spirit made the tran­si­tion to a hu­man re­sources pro­fes­sional nat­u­ral when she worked for All­state. An ac­com­plish­ment she achieved while be­ing ded­i­cated to her role at All­state, was ob­tain­ing her Mas­ter of Arts de­gree in Hu­man Re­sources & Or­ga­ni­za­tional De­vel­op­ment from Web­ster Univer­sity. She con­tin­ued in her ca­reer in hu­man re­sources at Johns Hop­kins and Di­men­sions Health­care in Or­ga­ni­za­tional De­vel­op­ment.

Deb­bie was a vir­tu­ous Chris­tian woman. Her light was con­tin­u­ously for­ti­fied through the church and her re­la­tion­ship with God. One of the beau­ti­ful things about her be­gin­ning in the church is that it pro­vided the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for her to re­con­nect with all of her sis­ters from ado­les­cence to adult­hood to sing praises to­gether as a group called “The White Sis­ter’s”. Like her name­sake Deb­o­rah from the Bi­ble who was en­dowed with many gifts, the church also be­stowed upon Deb­bie many gifts, the most im­por­tant of which be­ing the in­tro­duc­tion to her life’s love, Allen Samp­son. No mat­ter where in the coun­try her pro­fes­sional pur­suits took her, she al­ways se­cured a church home where she was faith­ful and ac­tive. She had a few church homes that were close to her heart; from Mt. Zion Bap­tist in Lock­land, OH, to Pil­grim Bap­tist in St. Paul MN, St Paul A.M.E. in Glen­coe, IL, and Mt. Olive A.M.E. in An­napo­lis, MD. Whether it was the first Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, Christ­mas Pro­gram, Black His­tory Month Cel­e­bra­tion, Sun­day School Su­per­in­ten­dent and Teacher, Women’s Day Chair, Choir Mem­ber and Di­rec­tor, Stew­ard, or the Co-Chair Cap­tain of the Cap­i­tal Cam­paign, or just pray­ing for and en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers, the church ben­e­fited, and Deb­bie truly re­mained a good and faith­ful ser vant.

Deb­bie’s light glowed most brightly in the care and love that she al­ways showed her fam­ily. This great source of joy came not only from her mar­riage to Allen of 39 years, but also from her great­est ac­com­plish­ment, the cre­ation of her chil­dren: Ni­c­hole An­gela Samp­son, Michael Allen Samp­son, and her grand­daugh­ter, Noelle An­jali Samp­son, all hold a very spe­cial place in her heart. Deb­bie was pre­ceded in death by her fa­ther and mother John and Betty White, her foster par­ents James and Chris­tine Graves, and her sis­ter Con­stance Lowe.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Allen Samp­son, her chil­dren, Ni­c­hole An­gela, Michael Allen, and her grand­daugh­ter, Noelle An­jali, her sib­lings Bar­bara McK­in­ney (Michael), Vic­to­ria Gen­try (Gary), Eve­lyn Bai­ley (Greg), John White (Ch­eryl), and Patti Van Ars- dale, a host of nieces, neph­ews, and rel­a­tives, her God chil­dren and many friends and co-work­ers. Each per­son who has ever got­ten a chance to meet Deb­bie, in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively, will cel­e­brate the bless­ing which was the light God al­lowed her to shine on them; a light we can all take and then shine on oth­ers.

Ser­vices will be held at 1 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 28, at Mt. Olive AME Church, 2 Hicks Ave., An­napo­lis, MD, with view­ing one hour prior. In­ter­ment is in East New Mar­ket Ceme­tery, East New Mar­ket, MD, at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 29.

Con­do­lences sent to www. henr yfu­ner­al­homepa.com.

DEB­ORA ANN SAMP­SON

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