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Minonk- Betty J. Sample, 88, of Minonk, IL went to meet her maker at 12:40 pm on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare in Normal, IL after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

She was born on May 21, 1927 in Pana, IL a daughter of Clarence and Edna Schaffnit Strang. She married James D. Sample on March 11, 1955 in Bloomington, IL. He passed away on December 25, 2007.

Betty was a loving mother to one son, Jimmie Sample of Marion, IN; two daughters, Sally (Joe) Fox of Longwood, FL; Kristy (Mike) Hill of Bloomington, IL; one brother, Louis Strang of Pekin, IL; three grandchildren, Brett Fox of Orlando, FL; Staci (Chris) Stemley of Longwood, FL; Derek (Danielle) Sample of Bloomington, IL; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Harriet.

Betty and her husband owned and operated Standard Oil Distributor.

She loved her grandchildren and was a deeply devoted wife. Betty and Jim had a great love of dancing where ever and whenever they found a chance to do it. Betty was also an avid golfer and held championship titles at the three clubs she belonged to. Our world was a much better place with her love, compassion, and her warm infectious smile. She will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 15 at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. Rev. Wes Ooms will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm before the service at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.