Juliette Barton Sampson of Marksville

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A mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Juliette Barton Sampson will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Marksville, LA., with Fr. Silverino Kwebuza officiating. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Mausoleum #2. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Marksville.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever, he will be our guide even to the end.” Our dear mother was strong in her faith and when the Lord called, she answered. Juliette was born May 7, 1932 and departed this earthly life and went to her heavenly home on October 14, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Juliette was the 3rd of four (4) children born to the late Hamilton Barton and Viola Whittington Barton Greenhouse.

She was raised on a farm and carried many of the old traditions learned in her youth into her later years, such as canning figs, gardening, raising chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, and hogs. She loved animals and always enjoyed the company of a household cat.

She was a life long resident of Marksville and was a proud graduate of Marksville Colored High School (predecessor to Mary McLeod Bethune High School), class of 1953. She enjoyed reciting stories of the Barton girls heyday on the basketball and volleyball courts. Juliette attended Grambling University but longed for the comforts of home and her dear friends after one semester and subsequently returned to her home town, Marksville.

After courting and dating Anatole Sampson of Cocoville, Louisiana for some time, they were united in holy matrimony, on June 7, 1958, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. From their union, four (4) children were born: Kevin, Wendell, Trent and Darrell.

Anatole worked in the construction industry and often worked far away from home while Juliette was tasked as the household manager, raising and helping the boys with their education and sports. She was a devoted wife, stern parent, never to shy away from disciplining the boys, working around on the farm, with her tenacity and courage, evidenced while all four (4) boys were born during times when Anatole was out of town.

An avid sports fan, Juliette was very passionate about helping and shuttling the boys to all of their sports endeavors (baseball, basketball and even helping the boys with purchase of hunting equipment and safe handling of firearms).

Juliette had a strong sense of helping others, especially helping ladies with hair styling. She owned and operated a hairdressing shop and very much enjoyed “shooting the breeze” while hot combing / straightening hair. She loved to talk and maintained life long friends from her beautician days and continued to welcome people into our home, treating all like a neighbor rather than a stranger.

She was very spirited, whispering words of encouragement, compassion and consolation, despite losing loved ones and battling cancer. She had many passions and delights but truly loved sharing a hot cup of coffee and a slice of cake with her brothers, sisters in-law, neighbors or friends, regardless of what time of day it was.

Vocation included being a homemaker, and she was also employed by LSU Cooperative Extension, Garan, a caretaker and often worked in the polls during election time. She was member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver and life long parishioner of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Anatole; a sister Thelma Barton Stemley of Oakland, California; and a daughter in-law, Angela Pickett Sampson of Houston.

Juliette leaves many to mourn and cherish her sense of humor, fond memories and infectious smile including her four (4) sons: Kevin (JoAnna) Sampson of Marksville; Wendell Sampson of Houston; Trent (Dwan) Sampson of Coppell, Texas; and Darrell (Mary) Sampson of Marksville; six (6) grandchildren: Travis, Erica, Jazmine, Kimberly, Dylan and Shane; two (2) great grandchildren; two brothers, John Barton, and Hamilton Barton, Jr., both of Marksville; a niece of her departed sister, Sabrina Winston of Topeka, Kansas; a God-child that cared and comforted her during her time of illness, Maureen Benson of Marksville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too many to mention but not forgotten.
Undoubtedly she will be missed and the influence that Juliette bestowed upon us will live on through all the lives she touched. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelations 21:4