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Dorothy Jane Samson

March 7, 1931 - February 9, 2021

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Per Dorothy’s wish, family and friends will be invited to attend a celebration of life at the Dorflinger Sanctuary in White Mills at some future date, after the pandemic is over.

 

Dorothy Jane (Eno) Samson, 89, of Lake Ariel, PA, passed away Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 at her home in Lake Ariel. Dorothy (commonly called Dottie) was born March 7th, 1931 in Honesdale, to Daniel Miller Eno and Laura Amanda Grazier, and grew up in Beach Grove, attending Stourbridge Elementary School, and graduatingHonesdale High School as a member of the 1st National Honor Society class in 1949.

 

After a short marriage producing two sons, Jerry and Jeff, she married Calvin Samson, a widower with one daughter, Cindy, and moved to Lake Ariel, establishing a small farm on the reclaimed Samson family property.  Dottie and Cal had five more sons together: Scott, Steve, Don, Dave, and Ted.  From their 8 children they received 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Toward the end of their child raising years, they took in a family of seven additional children: Jim, Colleen, Shawn, Jack, Patrick, Beth Anne, and Cathy Murphy, whom they also considered family, maintaining close life-long relationships, including annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations and other events.

 

Dottie and Calvin also hosted foreign exchange students from Spain and Denmark, some of whom remained life-long friends.

 

Dottie served her community at various times as:  Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Neighborhood Chair, PTA (lifetime membership), Sunday School teacher, Habitat for Humanity Coordinator, Historical Society board member, and 4-H Programs Assistant for the Wayne County Extension Office.

 

In mid-life, Dorothy continued her formal education, completing a three-year Kellogg Public Affairs Program, obtaining a BA degree in Psychology (Penn State), and a Master’s degree in Social Work (Marywood). Her work included:  supporting Mental Health / Mental Retardation programs for “at risk” children, and the Regional Wayne / Lackawanna Health Commission, Planning Board for Nursing Homes.

A life-long learner, Dorothy studied German language;travelled to Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Alaska; took Tai Chi; and joined Memories & More Writing group.

 

She was well known in her community and county as an excellent baker and seamstress, regularly supporting church, school, Firemen’s and Lions Club bake sales; winning numerous awards at the Wayne County and GDS fairs; and providing baked good gifts to friends.

 

Dottie enjoyed close relationships and activities with her sisters, Nancy and Alice, and in-laws, Rose and Sharon, including home visits, craft projects, auctions, and spring and fall trips.

 

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Samson, and sons, Jeffrey and David Samson.

 

Per Dorothy’s wish, family and friends will be invited to attend a celebration of life at the Dorflinger Sanctuary in White Mills at some future date, after the pandemic is over.

 

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