In memory of

Marilyn J. Samson, age 89 of Bozeman, formerly of Helena

September 19, 1928 – December 15, 2017

Marilyn Josephine Samson passed away on December 15, 2017, at the age of 89, at her home in Elsie’s Assisted Living in Belgrade, MT. Marilyn was born to Joseph and Florence (Drury) Hyland on September 19, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On July 25, 1946, Marilyn married the love of her life, Richard Samson. To this union they brought six children:  Linda McCauley (Tim), Susan Kiebert (Kermit), Richard Samson (Darlene), Robert Samson, Carol Gullickson (Steve), Mark Samson (Kellie).  Marilyn also is survived by her 15 grandchildren:  Sean, Marc, Anne (John), Brittany, Andrea, Regan, Mikaela, Greg, Eric (Lizzie), Marilyn (Matt), Sarah (Quinton), Kyle (Brooke), Marc (Katie), Tricia (Travis) and 15 Great Grandchildren.

Marilyn’s hobbies included St. Ann’s School PTA, along with being involved with SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in East Helena, MT as well as St. Helena Cathedral in Helena.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Richard Samson; parents, Joseph Hyland, Florence Griffith; and brother, Mark Griffith.

A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 20th at Retz Funeral Home, 315 E. 6th Avenue. A Funeral Mass will be at 12:00p.m., Thursday, December 21st at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing Street, with a reception immediately following in the Brondel Center of the Cathedral.  A Rite of   Committal will follow the reception at Resurrection Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Helena Cathedral, 530 N. Ewing St., Helena, MT 59601, Resurrection Parish Building Fund, 1725 S. 11th Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715, Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101, Hospice of Bozeman Health,  Please visit below to offer a condolence or to share a memory of Marilyn.


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  1. Mike Griffith says:

    My heartfelt condolences are extended to the Samson clan over the loss of their matriarch. She is once again joining hands with her soulmate.

  2. Tom Naegele says:

    Samson Family,

    Prayers of support and care for you all. The Joy of your Mom’s life is the continueing gift from God. Peace during each day and through this journey.

  3. Holly Luck says:

    I have such fond memories growing up in East
    Helena. The Samson Family was such a large
    Part of my life. Hugs to them all especially
    My old pal, Susan.

  4. Glen J Cuchine says:

    What a lovely lady Marilyn was; as a former neighbor in East Helena; I recall with fondness the energy, grace and warm smile. May your many wonderful memories sustain you all as you recall your mom, grandmother, etc. Peace

  5. Rick O’Connell says:

    Samson tribe. What a blessing to have known your Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and friend. She will be missed by all as she continues her remarkable journey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    Rick and Jan and family.

  6. Marilyn Verlanic Tracy says:

    Susan and family. Sorry to hear of your mother ‘s passing. I remember she always had a smile and made me feel welcome in their home.

  7. Justin Greve says:

    Dick and Mooney,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was an amazing lady. She always brought a smile to my face.

  8. Jeanne Morgan Ahmann says:

    Marilyn was always one of my favorites. Thinking of all the family especially Linda and Susie. Love to all.

  9. Julie & Scot Ferda says:

    Our prayers are with all of you Samsons. Aunt Marilyn was such a sweet lady. Treasure your memories of her. God bless you!

  10. Shelley Pelc says:

    Thinking of all the Samson cousins as you gather together. Hold each other close. I remember Aunt Marilyn’s hair was always done so perfectly and she loved holding a baby. You all obliged and gave her so many babies to love! My heartfelt sympathy for your loss but so happy for her release from this world. Blessings to all.

  11. John and Paula Carstensen says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, Marilyn was such a special lady. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  12. Connie (Sands) Jerome says:

    Mark, Carol, Bob and all family- I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a delightful lady. She always made me feel so welcome in your home. May your fond memories bring you comfort during the holiday and the weeks and months to come. My prayers are with you all. Hugs!

  13. Susan J Carstensen says:

    Such a special family. Thinking of you.

  14. Adeline V. says:

    To the Family and friends of Marilyn J. Samson, sincere condolences. I often write to those who have lost their dear loved ones, knowing the pain and sorrow that it brings to all.
    We are not without hope Our Heavenly Father knows the grief we experience and he has given us a wonderful hope. He created life and can restore life. John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15
    I pray these promises bring you comfort and hope.
    Sincerely, Adeline V.

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