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Marcella Sampson

Marcella A. (Mayo) Sampson age 93, transitioned into eternal rest and peace on March 18, 2024, in the presence of her loving and caring daughter, Marcia. She was the fifth child of nine born to King Agrippa and Hannah Marie (Butler) Mayo in Kingman OH. In addition to her parents, all but four siblings preceded her in death and her son, Charles T. Sampson, III.

She was the wife and widow of Charles T. Sampson Jr. of Yellow Springs, OH. Her life involved wearing many hats: daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, AKA sorority sister, director, graduate, volunteer, faculty, reward recipient, teacher, family member, leader, mentor, and friend.

Her academic background included a Bachelor’s degree from Central State University in 1974 and a Master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1987. In her 30 years at Central State University, Marcella was the first black woman in the State of OH to serve as a college campus Director of Career Planning and Placement. She had an annual career day event that increased company participation from 79 to 259. She facilitated career opportunities for over 6000 college graduates throughout the US. In 1981, she was the recipient of the presidential accommodation for service award by President Jimmy Carter. She chaired the YMTF program on 18 historically, black universities and colleges. Additionally, she served at CSU as the chair of coronation, the cheerleading advisor and in the national alumni relations office. She was also a volunteer in her community and a substitute teacher at Yellow Springs High School.

In 1999, after retiring from CSU, Marcella was invited by Valassis of Livonia, MI to be a member of the board of directors where she could showcase her talents and expertise. Throughout her life, she was unconditionally generous (in both words and deeds) to her family, friends, and students without an expectation of reciprocity. Her legacy of “love in action” will live on in those that she helped and guided. It was truly an honor to have known her.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Marcia (Fred Parker) Sampson, Joyce (Robert) Spencer and family; grandsons, Charles T. (Alisha) Sampson IV and family, Branden Nedd and family, Brad Sampson and family, Brian Nedd, Christopher (Grace) Sampson, Tyler McDermott and family, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and numerous family members and friends.

Our love for Marcella will remain in our hearts forever. It is beyond what man can define. Love is immortal and God’s gift of Marcella was divine.

Graveside Service 2:00 PM Monday, March .25, 2024 at Cherry Grove Cemetery, 1019 W. Second Street. Interment at Cherry Grove Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, SPRINGFIELD CHAPEL, 823 S. Yellow Springs St. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Sampson Family, visit

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