Jean Ann Young, 89, of Van Wert passed away at 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born on August 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; seventeen 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.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Ohio City Community Building.
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