Obituary of Rita Celeste Sampson
Rita Celeste Sampson-100 years:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rita Celeste Sampson of River Bourgeois on February 14, 2018 at the Richmond Villa, St. Peter’s. Rita was born February 6, 1918 to Charles Sampson and Elizabeth “Minnie” Sampson (Burke) and was one of 14 children.
What she lacked in stature she made up for with her strong and feisty personality. She was famously opinionated and said it like it was. She was unapologetic and honest, she was compassionate and loving. She had a quick wit and sharp tongue that left you knowing exactly where you stood with her.
She had grit, a strong spirit and mind, and an abiding faith that saw her through many hardships. She survived Tuberculosis, after contracting it in the 1940’s, and spent many years in recovery. The values of faith, family, and a strong work ethic were both experienced and practiced by her throughout her lifetime and she passed all of this on to us. She was famous for her homemade bread, meat pies, immaculate housekeeping, walks to the post office, a good hairdo, and love of Chinese food.
She was a proud member of St. John the Baptist Parish, River Bourgeois and the Ladies Auxiliary St. Peter’s Branch 47, Royal Canadian Legion .