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Judith Marie Samter

May 25, 1937 — September 16, 2021

Judith Marie Samter

Judith Marie Mideke Samter (Judy) grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma and completed graduate study in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Judy was an artist, whose work is represented in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States. She often said; "I am usually drawn to subjects found in nature, seeing a special beauty in ordinary things. I try to give simple elements a sense of dignity and importance, portraying how I feel about a place or object, rather than just what I see." Judy's creations of colorful flowers, detailed landscapes, pebbles and rocks, lively animals, birds, and other gorgeous natural imagery grace the walls of many. Judy was also an art teacher, sharing her gifts with hundreds of children throughout Oklahoma City. Judy gave private art lessons during the summers for years, and then later, she became an art teacher at Casady School, where she taught for many years. The world is most certainly a brighter place for all who had the privilege of experiencing her many talents. Judy was a free spirit and there are many who knew Judy's laughter and light.She is survived by her daughter, Suzanna Fletcher, husband Roy, and grandchildren, Kate and John Robert. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John Patrick "Pat" Samter, and her infant children, John and Mary. A special thank you to Valir Hospice and The Waterford Mansion for their wonderful care and support.Per Judy's wishes, there will be a private family celebration of life. As Judy might say, "go create something."Ring not the bell nor mournRather remember thisI have seen the sun sink in the sea,The wind dance of trees upon the hill,Heard the happy laugh of children play,And known the peace and quiet of being still.Felt the warm hand clasp of a friend,Read a book I'd love to read again.Heard the swell of music sweet and plain.And known the joy of working in the rain.I've longed for adventure to travel moreNow I'll know what's beyond that open door.~ Ruby Samter
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