OBITUARY

Ivory Sampson

27 March, 194319 February, 2021
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HER LIFE STORY

Ivory Mae Pierre was born in Moreauville, Louisiana on March 27, 1943, to the late John McKinley Pierre and Octavia Sylvain Pierre. She was the youngest of five children born to their union. She attended Dunbar High School in Simmesport, Louisiana, but later transferred and graduated from Mary McLeod Bethune High School in 1961. Ivory was fondly known as Sweetie, Mama, Mae Mae, Ms. Ivory, Ms. Sampson, or Sister Sampson, but most family members and friends from back home called her Mae.

As a youth, Ivory accepted Christ and was baptized at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church by Reverend Howard Thornton.

On July 18, 1964, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Sampson at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. To this union, two children were born: Benjamin Jr. and Brenda Gail.

When she moved to Houston, Texas, she became a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and later became a member of Fontaine First Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor J.H. Brown. She served faithfully as a member of the usher board and later became its president.

For over 35 years, she built a successful career with Home Interiors, where she attained the position of Queen twice during her career (by amassing $300,000 in sales). As a manager, she supervised over 100 ladies, many who were also successful. She retired by 2006, but still was called upon for advice and consultation.

Ivory was preceded in death by her parents, John McKinley Pierre and Octavia Sylvain Pierre; her godparents, Pearl Franklin and Norris Jackson; her siblings, Murray Pierre (Katherine), Richard Pierre, Elizabeth Johnson (Vernon), and John Pierre Jr. (Louise); her nieces Choloris Pierre Williams and Rose Mary Blake; nephew Floyd Anderson Jr., and great nephew Percy Williams Jr.; and godchildren Jeremy Robertson and Dedra Wilson.

Her legacy and memory lives on through her husband, Benjamin Sr. of 56 years; her children, Benjamin Jr. (Sondria) and Brenda Gail; her grandchildren, Ramicia Paul (Christian), Reginald Jones Jr. (Tara), Renequa Burgess (Cory), Ramond Jones (Sade), and their families; loving in-laws Udavine Sampson Barnes, Stanford Sampson (Ruth-deceased), Mildred Sampson Anderson, Joan Sampson Hudson (Cleveland), Jonny Sampson Augustine, Peter Sampson (Vivian), Nancy Sampson Mathis, and Bernice Pierre; five nieces, Cassandra Pierre Dobbins (Donald), Sheila Pierre Dupar (Carnel), Rose James (Keller), Collette Harris, and Melissa Alexander (Reginald); a special godmother to the family, Margreat Jacobs Bush; her godchildren, Dominic Berry, Demarcus Robertson, Alandra Robertson, Reshaud Henry, Brittany Dupar; and a host of loving family members, neighbors, and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, 28 February , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, 1 March , 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, 1 March , 2021

Memories

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Sondria Sampson

2 March 2021

My mother in-law was a dear friend and confidant for decades. She gave me the best advice, motherly love and confidence. Her marriage was a fine example for my own and the love she had for her children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren was amazing to witness. I miss the long telephone conversations, the road trips to her hometown, the shopping, the meals together and so much more. I hold on to God's promises written for our benefit and I know death will be no more. The tears and pain will be a thing of the past.

Tangelia Echols

27 February 2021

Rest In Peace...Mrs.Sampson

Judy Rodriguez

25 February 2021

Each week (for many years) Ivory and I would meet for lunch and light conversation.

I especially liked when we ventured out to various restaurants. She always dressed impeccably, which was so cool!

She was dear friend.

Kathy Bell

25 February 2021

To the Sampson Family, Ivory will truly be missed. We had a memorable time during our Home Interior days. We were introduced to the finer things in life also, to put the Lord first!!!!
I will forever remember the good times we shared. Keep the faith and trust God to see you through this difficult time. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning. Sending Love and Blessings!!!

Cassandra Dobbins

25 February 2021

Mae Mae will truly be missed. Mae Mae left Moreauville and decided she would expose her nieces to the world outside of Louisiana. We went on vacation every summer with her and uncle Ben. Thank you Mae for your love and generosity.

Shelia Dupar

25 February 2021

Jaculyn Cosey

24 February 2021

Aunt Ivory Mae, we love you! You will be missed. Rest peacefully with the Lord. 💐

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