Ruth Ann Sampson
Hurley Funeral Home - Petersburg
122 West Douglas Street
Petersburg, IL
Ruth Ann (Kruse) Sampson
Petersburg -
Ruth Ann (Kruse) Sampson, 82, of rural Petersburg, Illinois, died September 4, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois. She was born June 22, 1939, to Ben and Gertie Kruse of Newmansville, Illinois. She attended Newmansville Grade School and Chandlerville High School. While attending school, she was active in helping on the family farm, 4-H, and learned to play the accordion. She graduated in 1960 from Passavant School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she established lifetime friendships with her classmates. She married Robert Sampson on November 21, 1965, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Petersburg.
Ruth Ann worked at Jacksonville State Hospital for five years. Then she was the first head nurse for the newly opened Menard Convalescent Center in Petersburg for three years. After putting her career on hold to raise her children, she renewed her passion for nursing at the Menard County Health Department as a home visit nurse. She finished her career as a psychiatric nurse at Andrew McFarland Mental Health Center in Springfield, from where she retired after 16 years. Overall, she was certified as a Registered Nurse for 61 years. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society and at the Menard County Fair for many summers in the health department building, taking blood pressures and providing first aid. She served as the parish nurse for Central Presbyterian Church for many years.
Ruth Ann also had a passion for gardening, with flower and vegetable gardens and fruit trees that she tended with much care. She was a long-time member of the Menard County Garden Club and Menard County Home Extension, holding leadership roles with each. Ruth Ann also judged exhibits for the annual 4-H fair. When not gardening, she could often be found helping her husband farm, cooking, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, or swimming at the PORTA high school pool. She was a life-long member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and attended Central Presbyterian Church of Petersburg. She loved to travel, making trips to Germany, Holland, Alaska, Hawaii, and destinations across the continental U.S.
Ruth Ann is survived by her husband, Robert Sampson of Petersburg, children Blake Sampson of Springfield, Barbara Sampson of Petersburg, Barry (Karyn) Sampson of Sherman, grandchildren Matthew Sampson and Alexa Sampson, a brother Curt Kruse of Petersburg, nieces Kyla Kruse, Cara (Clifton) Martel, and Megan (Aaron) Howard, and nephew Trent Kruse, as well as a great-niece, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Olivia Sampson, and niece Jenna Kruse.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 9 am to 10 am at Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg. A graveside service will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg beginning at 10:15 a.m. with Pastor Jeffrey Gross officiating. There will be a celebration of life planned and announced at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Central Presbyterian Church of Petersburg or the American Cancer Society.
Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg, Illinois, is assisting Ruth Ann's family with final arrangements.
Published by Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Sep. 7, 2021.
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Ruth was one of the kindest persons I´ve ever known. Such a great lady. Thoughts and prayers to all her family
Liz Anderson
September 9, 2021
So sorry for your loss
Sharon McGraw
September 9, 2021
I knew Ruth as a child growing up in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Later on, she was my grandfather's home health nurse. She was kind and compassionate to him in his final days. Condolences to family and friends. God grant you serenity and peace.
Judy Cook Williams
September 9, 2021
Ruth Ann was a joy to know and visit on the several occasions my son, Kyle, and I would come to Petersburg. She had a sweet, gracious, lovely way about her, with always something interesting & thoughtful to contribute in her quiet, humble manner. I learned more about her each time I came. In the past 4+ years we did know her, it was obvious she wasn't in great health, yet kept her cheerful smile, good spirit, and kept going. It seemed we were just better acquainted on the visits to her and Bob and Barbara's home - also meeting them out for dinner, museums, local events. Kyle came to know Bob Sampson through a shared passion (and me eventually) for the rich & interesting Lincoln history their area offers ... and that of which Bob has carefully curated over the years. Ruth Ann took part and shared in our enthusiasm. She herself lived a rich and meaningful life, giving much to the world. I will miss her, and I wish Bob, Barbara and the Sampson family peace amidst their loss, and comfort in the beautiful memories she leaves them. God bless.
Kathy Nyeggen
September 8, 2021
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