Anna Joyce Sampson of Sherman, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away at the age of 77 on August 24, 2012, after a courageous 26 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born on January 23, 1935 to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cecil and Bessie Alberta Mitchell in Lonoke, Ark. Joyce graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1952 and subsequently attended Henderson's State Teachers College. She moved from Arkansas to Dallas in 1956 before she married her first husband, Henry Forrest Stevenson, with whom she had 4 children. During that time, Joyce worked as an executive secretary at Texas Instruments and the family moved to Richardson, Texas. In 1971, Joyce and her family moved to Sherman, where she thrived in her role as a charter member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she remained a member until her death. It was at Grace UMC that she made many lifelong friends. During that time, Joyce worked at Austin College, Hardwicke-Etter, and Oscar Mayer Food Corporation in Sherman (from which she retired in 1986).|
In 1979, Joyce married Kellis Wayne Sampson, and expanded her family to include three stepchildren. Joyce enjoyed a full and joyful life, hosting numerous family gatherings, sewing, attending church functions, traveling with her husband, Kellis, and being an active member of her dear friends' Gourmet (dinner) Group. Even as she dealt with her Parkinson's , she held on to a strong faith, a positive outlook, and a strength in her spirit that is an inspiration to those who knew her. Joyce will be remembered by friends and family as a kind, patient, and compassionate person, who was always considerate of others. She had a way of spreading her positive attitude wherever she went and making each person she knew feel special and loved. She will be missed and fondly remembered.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Kellis Sampson; her parents Cecil and Bessie Mitchell; brothers, Tommy and Robert Mitchell; and a granddaughter, Erin Stevenson. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Barbee of Hot Springs; children, Larry Stevenson and wife Charlotte of Howe, David Stevenson of Denison, Cathy Stevenson Chen and husband Lin of Richardson, Anna Stevenson Fleming and husband Brian of Richardson, Charlotte Bergsman and husband Eric of The Woodlands, Mike Sampson and wife Carol of The Colony, Mary Sampson Barnett of Colbert; and grandchildren Sara and Brad Stevenson, Caley and Colby Hogenson, James, Greg, Mathew, Katy, and Emily Stevenson, Christopher and Lydia Chen, Bri, Aiden, and Keiran Fleming, Will and Kate Sampson, Amy and Kellis Barnett, Steve Bergsman and Sheri Bergsman Lynch; and great-grandchildren, Karrson Medina, Bradyn Barnett, and Bryson, Taryn, and Havyn Lynch.
Special appreciation is given to Joyce's son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Charlotte Stevenson, and to her caregiver, Rose Lawrence, who lovingly attended to Joyce through her illness during the past years. Thanks also to Home Hospice of Grayson County for their special care to Joyce and our family.
Family visitation will be held at Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Waldo Funeral Home. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012 at Grace United Methodist Church in Sherman. Arrangements are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, James Stevenson, Greg Stevenson, Mathew Stevenson, Brad Stevenson, Will Sampson, Christopher Chen, Kellis Barnett, and Steve Bergsman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation (http://www.parkinson.org/) and/or to Grace United Methodist Church in Sherman.
The online register book may be signed at www.waldofuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Aug. 26, 2012