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MISSOULA – On Monday, May 17, 2010, Jean Sampson passed away in Naples, Fla.

Jean was born in Kamiah, Idaho, the fifth child of Clyde and Kate Armstrong.

Jean graduated from Genesee High School, Idaho, in 1943. She then attended Kinman Business University. Jean listed her first job as a paper carrier in Kamiah when she was 11 years old. Her next position was working for the Federal Farm Credit Bank from 1943 to 1947.

She married Donald Sampson on Oct. 5, 1947. From 1947 to 1973, Jean was a household executive, until she became a partner with her husband in the day-to-day operations of Smitty’s Pancake House and Don’s Family Restaurant until 1996.

She was a member of Soroptimist International of Missoula North and was a volunteer reader for the Missoula Radio Reading Service for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband of 62, yes 62, years, Donald Sampson; her four children, Pamela Medley, Connie Sampson, Robert Sampson and Lawrence Sampson; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Medley, Scott Medley, Christie Kraft, Jessica Sampson, Connell Sampson and Carlyn Sampson; one great-grandchild, Jonathan Gump; and one brother, Victor Armstrong.

An unusual story Jean told was the night of Oct. 30, 1938. Jean was 13 years old when Orsen Welles broadcast his famous “War of the Worlds” show. Jean, then living in Kamiah, told of the commotion the broadcast caused and of the road barriers being put up. Though she told the adults that it was a fake news broadcast nobody listened and she was ignored. She used this event to illustrate that common sense is a great virtue. She is missed.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, at the Grace United Methodist Church (, 1756 S. 10th St. W., Missoula.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

the life of: Jean Pauline (Armstrong) Sampson
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