After a courageous battle with cancer, Leslie Ann Sampson passed away on November 28, 2022, at her Loleta home, surrounded by family and friends.
She was born on July 6, 1949, in Sacramento and attended area schools, graduating from Roseville High School and attending Sierra College. Leslie worked for the telephone company in Roseville before moving to the North Coast area in the mid-1980s. She opened an antique store and a clothing store in Ferndale, and later moved to a vocational instruction position with the Humboldt County Office of Education. Her passion for sales and customer service led her to work for Abraxas in Ferndale, as well as the Eureka Reporter and the Shamus T Bones restaurant.
In May 2005, Leslie married John Sampson, beginning a 17-year relationship that allowed her to blossom and spread her wings. Family and friends were vital to Leslie, and she and John enjoyed an active social life with both extended family and a widening circle of friends. They traveled both within the United States and abroad, always in the company of close friends, seeking new horizons and cherishing new experiences and locales. Leslie was always eager to meet new friends, and moved from a place of gentleness and kindness to everyone she encountered, offering encouragement and support to countless individuals in the community. A collector of this and that, she was always enlarging her extensive sock collection with a new flamboyant treasure.
Leslie is survived by her mother, Marilyn; her loving husband, John Sampson; daughter, Megan; son, Collin; and grandchildren Wyatt, Kate, Jon-Jon, and Ray. Her four-legged guardian, Remi, remained by her side until her passing. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Cain.
The family would like to thank Hospice for the dedication and support provided, with a special thanks to Terry and Sara.
A party honoring Leslie will be held at the family’s home on May 6, 2023, at 2 p.m.
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