Barbara Jean “Barb” Samson-Sheehy, 61, Richmond, passed away, after a courageous battle with cancer, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Barb was born Sept. 2, 1957, in O’Neill, Nebraska, the daughter of Fred and Naomi (Knepper) Hannick.

Barb graduated from high school in 1975 from Marceline and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1979. In September 1982, she married Richard Samson in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was employed by the city of Hastings, Nebraska, for many years. After Richard’s death in 2004, Barb remarried Earl Sheehy in 2007 in Wahoo, Nebraska. She was employed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services until May 2019.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Sheehy; her children, Holly (Mike) Britton, Steven Samson (Valeria Sharetskaya) and Rachel Samson (Ross Waldron); stepchildren, Erin Sheehy, Kevin Sheehy and Karin (Jeremy) Landon; siblings, Charlotte (Lance) Recknor, David Hannick, Carl (Tina) Hannick and Patrick (Cheryl) Hannick; in-laws, Ron Samson, Hank (Terri) Samson, June (Lad) Nemecek, Rod Brown and Edmund (Donna) Sheehy; grandchildren, Kyah Landon, Rylee Landon, Talan Unger, Zach Britton and Alyona Samson; one uncle, several aunts, as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a very precious Border Collie named Bridget.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Naomi; father Fred; stepfather, Bob Carriker; first husband, Richard Samson; and sister, Peg Brown.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Park Foundation, Shirkey Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lexington. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with a rosary prior to visitation at 5:45 p.m. Inurnment will be in Westlawn Hillcrest Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska. Online condolences may be left at

A special thank you to Shirkey Hospice for their compassionate care of Barb, during her final days.

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