Elaine Flossie Samp­son Stafford

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Elaine Flossie Samp­son Stafford, 84, of Cam­bridge, de­parted this life on Satur­day, Oct. 29, 2016, at Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorchester.

Elaine was born Sept. 18, 1932 in Cam­bridge, MD, and was the el­dest daugh­ter of the late John West Samp­son Sr. and Tressie Irene Slacum Samp­son. Elaine was a grad­u­ate of F.D. St. Clair High School Class of 1951. She worked at JM Clay­ton’s Seafood be­fore leav­ing to work at Rob Roy, a lo­cal man­u­fac­turer of chil­dren’s cloth­ing, where she worked for more than two decades. Fol­low­ing her em­ploy­ment at Rob Roy, she worked briefly at Air­pax Elec­tron­ics, and later for the Hous­ing Author­ity of Cam­bridge in pay­roll un­til her re­tire­ment.

Elaine mar­ried John Dorsey Adams on April 21, 1956. On Oct. 28, 1960, she gave birth to one daugh­ter, Irene Elaine Adams.

Ded­i­cated to jus­tice and equal­ity, Elaine was very ac­tive in the Civil Rights Move­ment work­ing to im­prove eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for mi­nori­ties in Cam­bridge, MD. She was a mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of the Cam­bridge Non-Vi­o­lent Ac­tion Com­mit­tee and be­came the first African Amer­i­can per­son ap­pointed to the Cam­bridge Hu­man Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee and con­tin­ued to re­main ac­tive in the com­mu­nity for many years. On Aug. 28, 1963, Elaine along with more than 200,000 Amer­i­cans gath­ered in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to at­tend The March on Wash­ing­ton for Jobs and Free­dom. The March on Wash­ing­ton, was one of the largest po­lit­i­cal ral­lies for hu­man rights in United States his­tory and de­manded civil and eco­nomic rights for African Amer­i­cans.

Con­tin­u­ing her fight for equal­ity, Elaine worked along side Glo­ria Richard­son Dan­dridge, The Rev. Le­muel Ch­ester, Emer­son Stafford, and many other lo­cal Civil Rights Lead­ers who were in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing af­ford­able hous­ing for low in­come res­i­dents to the City of Cam­bridge in 1969. She was ap­pointed by the Mayor of Cam­bridge to the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of Di­rec­tors for Calvin Mow­bray Park. Later on she was elected as Pres­i­dent of the Res­i­dent’s Coun­cil of Calvin Mow­bray and Stephen Camper Park Hous­ing De­vel­op­ments and con­tin­ued to serve for many years. Elaine worked with Sylvia Jones and the Res­i­dents Coun­cil to launch the Sum­mer Youth Pro­gram for chil­dren ages 7 to 12 years to em­power the youth with con­tin­u­ing their ed­u­ca­tion over the sum­mer to pre­pare them for the up­com­ing school year. Upon com­plet­ing the pro­gram each sum­mer, a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was held for the chil­dren.

On March 23, 1981, Elaine was united in mar­riage to Emer­son Lin­coln Stafford to whom she was mar­ried for 18 years un­til his death in 1999.

On Jan. 16, 2006, Elaine was rec­og­nized by the Dorchester NAACP for life­time com­mu­nity achieve­ment at the 18th an­nual Martin Luther King Prayer Break­fast in Cam­bridge. Elaine en­joyed spend­ing time with her fam­ily, neigh­bors, and friends and was al­ways avail­able to lend a help­ing hand when needed.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Emer­son Stafford; Fa­ther and Mother, John West Samp­son Sr. and Tressie Samp­son; one sis­ter, Ella Mae Cor­nish; 12 brothers: Leon, Alexan­der, Wil­lie, Nathaniel, John West Jr., Wil­liam Ar­valee, Garfield, Joe Louis, An­drew, Frank, Calvin, and Ron­ald.

She is sur­vived by her daugh­ters: Irene AdamsE­vans (Michael), Owings Mills, MD; Enez Stafford Grubb, of Cam­bridge; three grand­chil­dren: Roberta Grubb, Baltimore, MD; La­mont Good­son (Lisa) Wal­dorf, MD; Ronae Elsey of Cam­bridge; one sis­ter, Bar­bara Cum­mings of Cam­bridge; five sis­ter-in-laws: Pen­sacola Samp­son, Roberta Samp­son, and Diane Samp­son of Cam­bridge; Geneva Wongus, East New Mar­ket, MD; Betty Samp­son, Havre De Grace, MD; a host of great-grand­chil­dren, nieces, neph­ews, cousins and friends.

Ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, Nov. 4, at Waugh Chapel UM Church, Cam­bridge, MD, with view­ing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day at Henry Funeral Home, PA, 510 Wash­ing­ton St., Cam­bridge, and one hour prior to ser­vice on Fri­day. In­ter­ment Vet­er­ans Ceme­ter y Hur­lock, MD.

Con­do­lences sent to www. henr yfu­ner­al­homepa.com.

ELAINE FLOSSIE SAMP­SON STAFFORD

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