RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Jane S. Sampson was held Saturday, Aug. 30, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Carolyn Hollar officiated.
Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.
Jane Currie Singletary Sampson was born to Snowden and Leola Stevens Singletary on Feb. 9, 1922 in Wilmington, NC. She grew up in Clarkton, graduating from Clarkton High School in 1939. She was graduated from Mitchell College and furthered her education at Queen's College in Charlotte and High Point College in High Point, NC.
While employed at the shipyards, she met Lt. Russell Sampson who was stationed at Bluthenthal Field in Wilmington and married him on June 2, 1945 in Clarkton. After the war, she moved with him to the Sampson family farm in Terril where they took over the farm. While being a Midwestern farm-wife, she raised two children, David and Cynthia. Jane was very involved in the United Methodist Church through church circle meetings and serving on the church board. She was also involved in Ruthven Federated Women's Club and the Order of Easter Star, serving as Worthy Matron in 1976. Jane received her 50 year membership award in 2012.
She and Rusty spent many years as active members of the International Flying Farmers Organization and flew their airplane to many different places including 49 of the 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and Central America. Jane was elected Iowa Flying Farmer Queen in 1988 and 1974 IFF Woman of the Year. They also enjoyed overseas travel together.
Throughout the years, she has received much enjoyment through pursuing numerous artistic and creative outlets. Oil painting became an interest and she painted many pictures, one winning Grand Champion at the Clay County Fair. She enjoyed working with ceramics, and then started a long and productive interest in china painting. Most recently, Jane has been involved in the Little Dresses for Africa Project, sewing sundresses from pillowcases.
After retirement from farming, she and Rusty spent the next 20 years wintering with friends in McAllen, TX. These were good times for them both and where she began her love of china painting.
After Rusty's death in 2007 Jane continued to live alone on the farm they shared, until three years ago, when she moved to Ruthven. She was an avid reader, reading about 100 books a year.
Jane passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell; two brothers, James Snowden and Steve; and a sister, Elizabeth.
She is survived by her children, David Sampson (Brenda) of Pensacola, FL and Cynthia Eisenmann (Kurt) of Delafield, WI; six grandchildren, Jason Felty, Heather Anders, Erik Eisenmann, Kelsey Shook, Alex Sampson and Lauren Sampson; 11 great grandchildren; a sister, Betsy Tilley (Ray) of Granite Fall, NC; sister-in-law, Eunice Singletary of Clarkton, NC; ten nieces; one nephew; as well as other relatives and many friends.
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