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Florence M. Sampson

Dec. 26, 1947 – Dec. 9, 2015

Florence McNally Sampson, a longtime volunteer who spent much of her life working to improve the community, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. She was 67.

She loved Buffalo, and volunteered for the Rotary Club, PUSH Buffalo and Garden Walk Buffalo.

“She was just a kind, caring, decent person who wanted to make Buffalo a better place,” said her husband, James Sampson, president of the Buffalo School Board.

“She taught us how to defend people and accept them for who they are, and to help them become better,” said her daughter, Robin Sampson Wong.

Mrs. Sampson also inspired her husband to run for the School Board, and remained supportive of his work as an elected official until the end.

“She understood the importance of education in the City of Buffalo, especially for the children who don’t always have access,” Sampson said.

Mrs. Sampson was raised in Buffalo and graduated from Holy Angels Academy.

The couple moved to Wisconsin where she worked as the business manager for the local Presbyterian church and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1985. The family returned to Buffalo in 2004, and Mrs. Sampson worked as a bookkeeper for First Presbyterian Church until she retired in 2008.

The family also hosted eight international exchange students.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, Greg; five brothers, Joe, William, George, Dennis and Chris; five sisters, Patsy McNally, Kathleen Pritchard, Mary Ellen Herbeck, Peggy Clark and Nora McNally; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

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