Ila Mae (McLerran) Samples was born June 30, 1918, to John and Susie McLerran. She passed away on March 13, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Clinton, Missouri, where she was lovingly surrounded by her family.
Ila married Ray Samples in March 1944. To this union, 4 children were born; Nina Lorene, Wanda, Loren, and Kenneth. Ila chose being a homemaker as her calling. She and Ray raised their family on a farmer’s wages, growing themselves most of what their family needed. She loved gardening, flowers, and her animals, treating them as her children.
Ila spent most of her life in the Harper and Quincy communities. Later in life, she moved to Clinton to be near her daughter, Wanda.
Ila is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray, and her infant daughter, Nina Lorene.
Ila is survived by her children, Wanda Redford and husband Ron, Clinton; Loren and wife Alice, Wichita, Kansas; and Kenneth and wife Sheila, Seattle, Washington.
Also surviving are her 5 grandchildren, Sheryl Goucher and husband, Archie, Clinton; Crystal Roskop and husband Troy, Clinton; David Laughlin and wife Amy, Wichita; Makiah Porter, Wichita; and Jason Laughlin and wife Ginger, Wichita.
Ila also leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren: Archie, Whitney, Jacob, Mason, Carson, Ashleigh, Alex, Rayne, and Daisy; and 2 sister-in-laws, Edna Johnson of Sacramento, California, and Ji-yoon Samples of Hawaii.