Rita Lynn Sampson Anderson, 82, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 at The Rhode Island Hospital.
She was born on June 1st, 1935 in Atchison Kansas, to Grace and Erman (Sox) Sampson.
Lynn graduated from Central High School in Saint Joseph, Missouri, attended college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and later in New York City graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from City University of New York. Her graduate studies were completed at University of Missouri Kansas City.
Professionally, Lynn worked as a Special Education teacher for a number of years in the classrooms of New York, Missouri and Massachusetts and retired from Westport Massachusetts as an elementary/middle school special education teacher. Post retirement Lynn worked as an ABE (Adult Basic Education) educator to adult special needs learners for a number of years. Lynn’s final professional endeavor was working as a direct support staff member aiding special needs clients at LIFE and Looking Upwards for a number of years. Her retirement was well deserved as many people benefited from her benevolence.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Grace Sampson, and her father, Erman (Sox) Sampson of St. Joseph, Missouri, aunts and uncles of Missouri, Minnesota, and Kansas.
Survivors include, two sons, Radley Anderson, of the home, and Eric Anderson, of Pennsylvania, a sister, Erma Kay Sampson Smith and brother in law Charles A. Smith of St. Joseph, Missouri, nephews Patrick A. Smith of New Jersey, Shawn P. Smith of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as additional cousins.
(Lynn) was an accomplished violinist winning first in state competitions. Also, her writing resulted in publication in “Seventeen” Magazine, where she published her first fiction short story at the age of seventeen. Her writing continued throughout her lifetime
producing many short stories and several novels.
Due to Lynn’s love for animals being a large part of her life, the family suggests that any remembrances go to a local animal shelter in her name.