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Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home
Saturday March 26th, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home
Saturday March 26th, 2022

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Jean S. Samples

Jean S. Samples, age 94, of Marion, Illinois,  passed away peacefully on Friday, March 18, 2022  at her home in Marion, Illinois with her family by her side.

Jean was born December 12, 1927 in Easton Hampshire, England, the daughter of Thomas A. and Ellen (Webb) Sawkins. She met and later married James A. Samples in England during World War II.  Jean sailed from South Hampton, England on the ship "Saturing" to begin her new life in the United States.  She was indeed a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother to all of her 17 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  Jean was an avid reader (Loved reading the Bible), bird watcher, and loved to travel.  She enjoyed many friendships from Europe, Australia, and coast to coast in the United States.  Her family at the Marion First Church of the Nazarene were a big part of her life.   

She is survived by two children, James M. (Kathy) Samples of Virginia Beach, VA and Mary E. Deaton of Marion, IL; four grandchildren, James Bryan (Amy) Samples, Stephanie M. (John) Joseph, David W. Deaton, and Diana M. Deaton (Bobby Shreve); ten great-grandchildren, Aaron J. Samples, Ryan M. Samples, Bennett J. Joseph, Piper Jean Joseph, Zachary A. Deaton, Christopher J. Deaton, Bryan D. Deaton, Robert Shreve, Nicholas S. Deaton, and Courtney M. (Troy) Berghoefer; and three great-great-grandchildren, Zander Deaton, Zeke Deaton, and Winnry Deaton.  She is preceded in death by her spouse James A. Samples, her parents, Thomas A. and Ellen (Webb) Sawkins and grandchildren, James Christopher Samples and Carla Jean Deaton.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 26th, 2022 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022, 1:00 PM at Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Marion. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Feed the Children, or Marion First Church of the Nazarene.

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So sorry to hear the loss of your beloved loved one. Jean was an wonderful woman that told me her story of how she came to America and we would watch the birds and squirrels after I fixed her food and got cleaning done. She will be greatly missed for sure by several people. I remember she had known me as the really nice lady and with the yellow truck...lol. Thoughts and prayers will be with the whole family and it was wonderful to had met you all the weekend before I had went out of town. Crystal from Help at Home

Crystal Garrison Mar 25 2022 9:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Samples

Crystal Garrison help at home Mar 25 2022 8:55 PM

Jimmy and Mary Ellen, Dick and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Jean. I think back to my childhood memories of her, and I remember how thoughtful and generous she was to my mother. Mom would always borrow clothes from Aunt Jean in the event that she needed to "dress up". Aunt Jean would always call Mom and offer something first, to save Mom from being embarrassed to call. It's funny what sticks out from childhood. Please accept our condolences for your loss.

Dick and Mary Ann Baggett Mar 22 2022 12:01 PM

Jimmy and Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed

Gloria Hill Samples Mar 21 2022 7:24 PM