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Sampson, Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen (Reno) Sampson, age 71, of Abingdon died at 9:52 am Saturday, October 1, 2011 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

She was born on January 11, 1940 in Abingdon, the daughter of Kenneth G. and Hazel C. (Lewis) Reno. She married Howard A. Sampson on February 14, 1959 in Abingdon. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1993. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, infant children, one brother Jack Reno and two sisters, Marilyn "Peg" Kinzer and Margaret Hueston.

Mary is survived by her children, Patty Sampson of Abingdon, Gary (and Elaine Stewart) Sampson of Galesburg and John Sampson of Abingdon; two grandchildren, Shailee Sampson of Oneida and Austin Sampson of Abingdon; one brother, Roger (and Deanna) Reno of Abingdon and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She had lived in the Abingdon area most of her life. She was a homemaker and had also worked at the former Abingdon Blue Bell and later as a nurse aide. She had attended the Good News Baptist Church in Galesburg. She loved to spend time with her family and her pets. She enjoyed crocheting and making afghans.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Mrs. Eleanor Landon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Abingdon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Abingdon Schools Libraries. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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