Martha Lilly Cornish-Sampson, age 86, of East New Market, MD received her wings, departing this life on December 13, 2020 at her residence. Martha was born to Lilly B. Palmer Cornish and Bradford Cornish of Taylor’s Island, MD on July 19, 1934. Martha was one of twin sisters and was raised by her grandparents, Elder George and Loney Palmer.
Martha was educated in the Caroline and Sussex county public school systems. Martha gave her life to Christ at an early age and became a member of The National Church of God, East New Market. She held many positions in the church; serving on the usher board, the missionary board, she was also a member of the Gospel Victories, the church treasurer, secretary, custodian and church mother.
Martha met and married Purnell Sampson on June 25, 1955. They lived in loving matrimony for 51 years until his passing on June 11, 2006.
Martha was employed by B&G and she also provided domestic work. She was a caregiver for many including her grandparents, aunts and other relatives. She raised as her very own, her daughter, Shirl Sampson, her niece and granddaughter, Shakia Fields.
Martha had many interest throughout her life which include, singing, listening to gospel music and programming and she loved riding around. Mostly she enjoyed and greatly loved her family and church family.
Martha is survived by her daughter, Shirl Sampson, granddaughter, Shakia Fields, two brothers; Luther H. Cornish of Taylor’s Island, MD and Gary Camper of Woolford, MD, two sisters; her twin, Mary Dunnock of Baltimore, MD, and Daphine Camper-Jackson (Robert) of Cambridge, MD, brother-in-law, Wilbert Sampson of Hurlock, MD, sister-in-law, Corrina Rhodes of Denver, CO, assistant care-giver, Marchelle Bolden-Thompson, special sister in Christ, Peggy Macer, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
In addition to her loving husband, Purnell, her parents and grandparents preceeding her into heaven, was her eldest brother, Samuel Cornish and special uncle, Namon Palmer and sister in Christ, Viola Hughes.
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