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Sondra Borton Samples Shopbell

August 14, 1941 — February 14, 2021


Sondra Borton Samples Shopbell, age 79, of Canton passed away at her home on February 14, 2021.

She was born on August 14, 1941 in Salem to Clarence M. Borton and Effie P. (Jones) Borton.

Sondra graduated as valedictorian from both Goshen High School in 1959 and Ashland College in 1963. She taught at Akron Firestone High School for four years and then began teaching at West Branch High School in 1967. Sondra was the National Honor Society advisor which included homecoming and Share a Christmas. She was also the Academic Challenge Advisor. Sondra was an active member of the First Brethren Church of North Georgetown where she volunteered as church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and organized Community Meals and Acts 2 Clothes Closet.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Terry I. Shopbell, whom she married June 26, 1993; her son, Charlie (Karla) Samples; grandchildren, Kayla S. Samples and John I. Samples; brother, Clarence E. “Bud” (Kathy) Borton; sisters, Geraldine Dorsey and Donna (Steve) Lysyj; six nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and nephews; a great-great-niece; and a great-great nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Nancy J. Borton Shopbell.

A funeral service will be held at First Brethren Church in North Georgetown on Tuesday, February 23 at noon with Pastor Joel Soza officiating. Friends may call two hours prior at the church. Interment at a later date at North Georgetown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Sondra’s honor to First Brethren Church, 27333 Main St, North Georgetown, Ohio 44665.

Arrangements are entrusted to Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home 75 South Union Ave Alliance, Ohio 44601.

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