Ruby Sample

Obituary of Ruby R. Sample

Smethport – Ruby Royston Bishop Riley Sample, affectionately known as “Roy”, of Smethport, passed away Monday, January 15th, 2024 at Lakeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on October 31, 1926 in Basingstoke, England, the daughter of Gerald J M Riley and Ruby Bishop Riley.  She met the love of her life, Lt. Col. James C Sample when he was stationed in England.  Jimmy returned home to PA and waited on Ruby to join him.  They married on February 13, 1947.

Ruby was a military wife, traveled all over the United Stated and Europe, and finally settled back in Smethport.  She was employed as an accountant with HG German Seed Co. of Smethport.  She loved to play bridge with her friends and in her day was an avid golfer.  Don’t ask her if she wanted a spot of tea.  Her answer would have shown on her face….. absolutely not!

She is survived by:

Four children: daughter Carol, and three sons, Nicholas, Michael (Nancy), and Paul (Debbie).

Eight grandchildren: Kim, Brandon, Felicia, Nicholette, Emily, James, Rachael, and Matt.

Three great grandchildren: Amanda, Abigail, and Tully, and one great-great grandchild Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

In keeping with Ruby’s wishes, there will be no services held.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


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