Mary "Jimmie" Sample

August 13, 1917March 28, 2013
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MARY LOUISE “JIMMIE” CURTIS SAMPLE, age 95, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Jimmie was born to James Still Curtis and Ollie May Williams Curtis on August 13, 1917 in Matagorda, Texas. She grew up in the Heights in Houston, graduated from Rice University, earned her Bachelor’s teaching degree from The University of Texas, and later earned a Master’s degree in Education from The University of Houston. “Miss” Sample spent nearly forty wonderful years teaching 2nd grade students in Richmond, Texas and in Houston ISD. During WWII, she had up to 44 students in a very crowded classroom! While at UT, Jimmie met her perfect love and soul mate, Richard Langford “R.L.” Sample, Jr. They were happily married for 58 years enjoying traveling, weekend farming, dancing , and parties with friends and family. Jimmie was always the perfect lady and hostess. She was very brave after losing R.L. in 2000 and greatly missed him everyday of the rest of her life. Jimmie was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church and especially loved The Encouragers Class and the Mission Committee. Jimmie is survived by her “son” & “daughter” Tim & Diana McCommon, “grandchildren” Chuck, Dorota, Scotty & Ben McCommon; honorary children & grandchildren, Karen & Jerry Woolf, Lindsey Woolf, Kristin & Kennedy Crawford; Ann & Ed Davis, Marc & Scott; nieces,Donna Sue Whitworth of Tomball, Texas, Linda Walton & husband Joel of Baton Rouge, LA; Carole Brakhage & husband Hal of Green Oak, MI; Debbie Hardy and husband Bill of W. Monroe, LA; Sheila Joy Sample of Baytown, TX; nephews, Richard Sample of Glenwood, ARK; along with many great nieces and nephews, friends and extended family. Jimmie was lovingly cared for in her last years by her incredibly kind and compassionate caregivers Bernice Robinson, Areceli Lawson, Katie Cramer, Monica Flowers, Annie Benton, Doris Davis, Martha Diaz de Leon and the late Carrie Woodson. A special thank you also goes to all of her doctors, especially Dr. Mark Hausknecht and his staff for their caring and expertise. Jimmie was a lady of great faith, integrity, love of life and a sassy sense of style and humor! She will be greatly missed by all. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 9:30 AM., Monday, April 1, 2013 in the Chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Second Baptist Church of Houston or your favorite charity.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 31, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 1, 2013

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April 6, 2013

Diane and Family: I was sad to hear of Jimmy's death! She seemed to stay young forever. I am glad that she is joining RL, my dad, my mother (Mary Alice), and Francis and Clayton. What a perfectly wonderful LADY!! She was so very lucky to have had your family to be by her side for so many, many years. She always talked of each of you and how blessed she was. She will be missed by many! Carolyn Winborn Dunne

Sue Swenson

April 2, 2013

Jimmie was a lovely lady full of grace and style. She will be missed by all that knew her and her memory will be cherished for generations.

Beverly Benner Rosson

April 1, 2013

Jimmie was beautiful person, both inside and out.The slide show really captures her terrific smile! It was a privilege to know her and to watch at least the last forty years of her over 80 year friendship with my mom, her pal "Polly." I loved the photo of them on the donkeys! My love and condolences to all of Jimmie's extended family and friends.

Keshia Kemp

April 1, 2013

I'm so grateful that God brought Mrs. Mary Sample "Jimmie" into my life she was a positive person and always encouraged me to further my education. She was a beautiful person, always kept a smile on her face and always enjoyed life. Jimmie will forever be missed and my prayers are with the family.

Keshia and Jalen Kemp

Ronan O'Malley, M.D.

April 1, 2013

she will be greatly by our team at RCH.


April 1, 2013

My condolences to the Sample family. May the God of all comfort console your hearts durning this difficult time.

Jarrett Davis

March 31, 2013

Mrs. Sample will be missed by all who knew her, including myself. She gave me words of ecouragement for joining the military one evening when I came to pick up my mom (Doris). My mom told her I was joinig The Marines. She said, as tall as I was, I should be playing basketball but since military was the career I chose, she was proud of me.

RCT Jarrett Davis.

Debbie Hardy Sawyer

March 31, 2013

Aunt Jimmie was such an inspiration to me. We will miss her.

March 30, 2013

What a wonderful person and such a good wife to Dick Sample. God be with the family during this period of grief. Clyde Hart

Ann Todd

March 30, 2013

Tim and Diana- I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmie was a character to remember!