Betty Joyce Sample

August 18, 1930July 5, 2018

Elizabeth Joyce "Betty" Sample, 87, of Houston, Texas passed away on July 5, 2018. The funeral service is held at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church on Thursday July 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. with father Mario J Arroyo Officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Betty was born in Port Arthur, Texas on 8-18-1930 to Hayden and Dorothy English. She graduated from St. James Catholic High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Betty was married to Lucien L. Sample Jr. for 34 years. She was a devoted wife and supportive and steadfast mother who basked in the successes of her children. Betty was a charitable, compassionate, and a generous person with an extraordinary talent with animals. Her spirited personality and unique sense of humor attracted people to her building the foundation for "forever friendships". Betty was a devout Catholic with leadership roles in the "Savvy Senior" ministry and St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church.

Betty is survived by her son, Michael K. Sample and life partner Misty Bashara; son, Chip Littler and his wife Karen; and daughter, Cindy Yelverton and husband Danny. Surviving grandchildren include Michael R. Sample and wife Loreal, Brittany Yelverton and fiancé James Prather, Cody Sample, Colt Sample and life partner Amanda Campbell, John Littler and wife Katie, Luke Littler and Jocelyn Ramirez, and Mark Littler. Betty's great-grandchildren are JJ Littler, Melanie Littler and Aubree Littler. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Lucien L. Sample Jr. and her brother, Hayden "Sonny" English.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Savvy Seniors at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church located at 10503 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77042. The family of Betty Sample wishes to thank her life-long friends that added laughter, companionship, and joy to her life.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Susan Baker

July 11, 2018

Betty was a beautiful lady and a wonderful friend to my mom and me. She radiated grace, warmth and humor in every room she entered. My condolences to her entire family. RIP sweet lady!