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Roberta Sampson

July 21, 1932 — December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017 at 5:40 A.M. God, called your name reached for your hand and gently lead you to that quiet, peaceful and loving place he had prepared for you.

Roberta Evelyn Sampson, 85 was born on July 21, 1932 to the late Essie M. Jackson Camper and the late John Lankford McCready.  Roberta, also known as Birdie, was raised in Crapo, MD by her grandmother Mary Jackson. She was also raised with a close cousin, Emerson Jackson. People often thought they were sister and brother. Birdie attended school in Crapo, MD, and later transferred to F. D. St. Clair High where she graduated.

Birdie meant the love of her life John Wesley Sampson, Jr. around the age of 15 years old at an Oyster Supper in Crapo.  They married February 28th, 1954 in Cambridge.  They raised 8 children together and stayed together until his death January 13, 2016. Birdie loved the Lord and was a devoted and faithful member of St. Luke UM Church for 45 years.  She was an usher and served on the Usher Board, and held other positions in the church until her health started to fail.  She loved her church and loved attending.  She knew and believed that her health and strength came from the Lord.

She leaves to mourn, cherish, and celebrate her life seven children: John (Bessie) Jackson of North Carolina, Charles Jackson of Salisbury, Rodney Sampson of Baltimore, Arvialee (Jrann) Sampson, Marydel, Mario and Karen Sampson, and Sharon Chester all of Cambridge; a step daughter, Wilma (James) Dorsey of Cambridge;  her grandchildren she loved and was very proud of: Lisa and Kayla Davis Surprise, Arizona, Jermaine Jackson, Cassandra Burgess, Yolanda (Timothy), Andrews Iris (Chris) Harrington all of North Carolina, Damonta Sampson , Shavonta (Termaine) Crandle and Lee Ann Sampson, all of Cambridge, Lakeshia Jackson, Norfolk, Crystal (Preston) Travers of Thompsontown, Rodieshia Sampson of Baltimore,  Rodney Sampson, Georgia, Katyia Chester of Columbia, MD, Mario Sampson, Baltimore, Lynna Miller, Atlanta and Larry (Naquisha) Chester of Spain; 33 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; 3 godchildren; Michelle Brown, Shenay Greene, and Shakia Collins, all of Cambridge;  5 sisters in-law, Diane and Pensacola Sampson and Barbara Cummings, all of Cambridge, Betty Sampson, Havre De Grace, and Geneva Wongus, East New Market; a step daughter in-law, Daphne Dolberry; a very close circle of friends: Ms. Bernice Beverly, Beverly Ennals, her pew partner, Ms. Cleo Bowe, Ms. Geraldine Cornish, Mrs. Geraldine Dockins, Lisa Bolden, Elaine Cephas, Doretha Linthium and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruby, great granddaughter, Ja’Kaziyia Travers, a brother, Rayfield Jackson, a sister, Lucille Jackson, a special sister-in-law, Elaine Stafford, brothers in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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