Debbie Ann Sampson, 55


Debbie Sampson Dempsey was born September 30, 1964 and passed away July 5, 2020. Debbie was the daughter of Alta Bonar Marksberry and her late father Arther T. Sampson.
    Debbie began her working  career at the tender age of 16. She worked with her mother at the County Cousins Bakery in Alexandria, Kentucky, on days off from school. When she graduated from Pendleton County High School in 1983, she became a professional cake-decorating artist. She was quick, efficient, and one of the most reliable employees of that facility. Debbie could always be counted upon to take over when someone didn’t show up for work or her superiors needed someone in a hurry. in the bakery business, your work shift starts at 3 a.m. in the morning. Debbie was never late unless she was caught in traffic or some other incident out of her control.
    In 1985 Debbie was married to Timothy Elwood Dempsey. Timothy, her only son, was born in 1989. She was a single mother who was able to keep a small house in Highland Heights, Kentucky, by working three bakery jobs all at the same time. This took strength and perseverance to maintain such a schedule. Most people would have given up and called it quits; but not Debbie. She persevered!
    The last few years, Debbie worked for Graeters Bakery in Cincinnati, Ohio. She could take a vacation, go on quilting workshops, and enjoy some of the gifts that life offers.
    Debbie was never a complainer. She was always cheerful and more than willing to do about anything for others. She was always making a picture album for someone’s wedding, a quilt for someone, or someone’s baby. She loved teaching the art of cake and cookie decorating to her many friends.
    In her passing, all of her family and friends have lost a precious and gifted person. She will be greatly missed by all. She leaves her son Timothy Dempsey, her mother Alta, step-sister Kim (John) Patrick; Aunts Pat LaFollette, Wilma Bonar, and Delores Sampson of West Virginia.
    Pall bearers were Steve LaFollette, Dennis Bonar, Labe LaFollette, Donnie Muirheid, John Patrick, and Scott Logan. Interment was at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Fryer Cem., Inc.)