Jean Ann Young
Jean Ann Young

VAN WERT, Ohio — Jean Ann Young, 89, of Van Wert, passed away at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on Aug. 5, 1930, in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of the late James and Matilda (Hiebert) Sampson.

Family survivors include a daughter, Kathleen M. (Leonard) Roby of Ohio City; a son, Charlie (Wanda) Young of Ohio City; two brothers, Merle Sampson of North Carolina and Albert (Cathy) Sampson of Columbus; two sisters, Tillie Washburn of St. Marys and Shirley (Clay) Davis of Lima; five grandchildren, Matthew Young, Josh Miller, Koby Miller, Kessa Eddins and Jonah Roby; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Jean was preceded in death by a grandson, Seth Ezediel Miller; three brothers, Jim, Bernie and George Sampson; a sister, Thelma Houser; and a son in infancy.

Jean was a graduate of St. Francis College in Fort Wayne. She taught school for many years at Grover Hill, the Marsh Foundation, Shawnee Schools, and Spencerville Schools. She was also a missionary in Ghana for two years. She was a member of the St. Marys Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Families of Ohio as a direct descendant of Ohio’s first pioneer ancestor. Jean was a caring and giving person who shared unconditional love.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at the Ohio City Community Building, 503 Lambert St., Ohio City.

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