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Dr. Marilyn Sampley

July 18, 1936 ~ January 14, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Dr. Marilyn Sampley Obituary

Marilyn Yvonne Thomas Sampley, 86, formerly of Morehead, Kentucky, and a Morehead State University Professor Emeritus, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon, Tennessee.


She was born July 18,1936, in Crenshaw County, Alabama, to Erman Ray Thomas and Vera Mae Faulk Thomas.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Ray Sampley; daughter, Janice Sampley Sherman; and grandson, Bryan Dunbar.

Marilyn is survived by one daughter, Sandra Sampley Rogers (Mike) of Waco, Texas; two granddaughters, Rebecca Ginter (David) of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Christine Robinett (John) of Granbury, Texas; three great grandchildren, Shelby Hall (Jamie) of Morehead, Kentucky, Cameron Ginter of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Lucas Robinett of Granbury, Texas; her sister, Myrtlene Staggers Lee of Pasadena, Texas; nephew, Thomas Staggers (Joy) of Dickinson, Texas; and sister-in-law Ramona Hartsell of Montgomery, Alabama.


Marilyn graduated from Crenshaw Country High School in Highland Home, Alabama, in May 1954. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Auburn University and earned her Master of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from The University of Alabama.  She married Carl Ray Sampley of Montgomery, Alabama, in June 1956.  In 1961, they moved to Houston, Texas, with their two daughters; and where she worked as a Clinical Dietitian at St. Joseph’s Hospital and then as Food Service Director of the Dickinson (a suburb of Houston) Independent School District. During this time, she began working toward her doctorate in Nutrition. In August 1969, she graduated with her PhD in Foods and Nutrition at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. For the next 48 years, Dr. Sampley worked as the Department Chair of Nutrition at Radford College in Radford, Virginia, at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), University of Tennessee in Martin and at Morehead State University.


Marilyn loved her family dearly and was overjoyed to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her interests involved cooking, gardening and other activities around her home. She enjoyed teaching and advising her students. She encouraged and guided family members to go to college for a successful and prosperous future.


In fulfilling Marilyn’s wishes, a service for family and close friends will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2023, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel in Morehead, Kentucky, with the Rev. Bill Konstantopoulos officiating.   Following the service, Marilyn will be laid to rest next to her husband in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351 is caring for arrangements for Dr. Marilyn Sampley.


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