Kiyoko Hoshino Sample
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:49 AM
Kiyoko Hoshino Sample left this earth at 7:54 pm on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Lubbock. Known by those who loved her as Nanny, she had a tenacious spirit that endured to the end.
Born in Fukuoka, Japan on February 11, 1925, she emigrated with her infant child in 1952. By the early '60s, Kiyoko and her beloved husband W.E. "Jelly" Sample had settled in Seminole with their children. She worked at Seminole Memorial Hospital, first in the kitchen and eventually as a nurse's aide. She was a Boy Scout Troop leader and spent many years working in the family business, Jones Service Company. Her favorite hobbies included crocheting, gardening, and getting to know anyone she met with a cup of coffee and a long talk. She was a supreme cook and would feed you even if you weren't hungry. Many of those who remember her recall Nanny as an exceedingly vibrant and energetic person who had unique tendencies such as her fondness for cutting the lawn with scissors. Education was incredibly important to the family and it was common to hear Nanny tell people, "Study hard. Work butt off." Nanny was most proud of her large and extraordinarily tight-knit family. Her last moments were spent surrounded by nearly all who loved her most.
Kiyoko was proceeded in death by her parents Masakich and Umi Hoshino, husband, William Earl Sample, daughter Lily Sue Sample, and grandson "Trey" Jones.
She is survived by son Yul Jones, Jr. and his wife Aurora of Lubbock, son James Jones and his wife Doris of Seminole, daughter Vickie Taylor and her husband Earnie of Seminole, son Eric Hunke and his wife Bridget of Havre de Grace, Maryland, and son Robert Sample of Clarkesville, Georgia. Grandchildren: Kami Shore and her husband Russ, Betty Ann Goodger and her husband Bill, Joshua Jones and his wife Reesey, Kasie Taylor, Kalie Peters and her husband Lonnie, Ryan Hunke, Kaleb Jones and his wife Bre, Katie Hunke, Mike Jones, April Hunke, Marisa Jones, and J.R. Taylor. Great-grandchildren: Christian Mayo, Chandler Harkey, Hannah Jones, Caimbrien Jones, Austin Peters, Wylee Jones, Ava Peters, Ajalon Jones, Priya Jones and Mason Staudenmeier. Step-family: Chet Sample and wife Belinda of Alpine, Bobbie Podrazick and husband Mike of Midland and daughters Dawn and Kristi, and Earl Sample of Pecos.
A memorial service will be held for Kiyoko at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the former Seminole City Hall, 101 East Ave A. The family invites all that knew her to attend and celebrate her life. Come hungry.