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Family mourns mother, daughter
Women die hours apart on Easter
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Bessie Samples talks about her long life during a visit in May 2008. Samples and her daughter, Hilda Streetman, died on Easter Sunday. - photo by File photo
A longtime Forsyth County family with deep ties to the area is mourning the loss of two members, a mother and daughter, who both died on Easter Sunday.

Bessie “Nanny” Samples, 90, and Hilda Streetman, 58, died within several hours of one another Sunday morning. Streetman died following a months-long battle with stomach cancer, family members said.

Samples spent the last 10 years of her life at Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home. Brittney Shadburn said Samples liked to keep “tons of pictures up in her room, and she loved looking at all the grandkids and great-grandkids.”

Shadburn, of Forsyth County, is the granddaughter of Samples and the daughter of Streetman.

She said her grandmother, who provided child care for many Forsyth County residents, was a maternal figure even for those not related by blood.

“It wasn’t just us she felt like were her grandkids,” Shadburn said. “There were a lot of people in this community who knew her or were raised by her ... she had a real special bond with children and their families.”

Samples’ life and child care career were featured in a 2008 Mother’s Day story in the Forsyth County News.

Shadburn said it was “very fitting” the two women passed away on the same day.

“They’ve always been very close,” she said. “Mom would go take care of my grandmother every night. It’s a blessing that they got to go together the way they did.”

Family and friends gathered Wednesday for joint funeral services at Cumming Baptist Church. Interment followed at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

Shadburn said the two were similar in that they were “both very content with life and happy with what they had.”

She said many of Streetman’s friends will remember her as a “very happy, very positive woman.”

“She was also very classy,” Shadburn said. “She always dressed nicely. Classy was her thing.”

She added that her mother was committed to church, family and work. Streetman worked at the office of Dr. Shannon Mize, a family practice in downtown Cumming.

“Everybody just loved the both of them,” Shadburn said. “We’re blessed to have had them as long as we did.”