Carrie Sample

Carrie Sample

June 20, 1977-Feb. 14, 2021


Carrie Sample was a rock star. She had a passion for music and was an extremely talented and self-taught singer, song-writer, and guitar player. But those aren't the only reasons she was considered a rock star... 

Carrie was one of a kind, extremely witty, feisty to the core, and if you knew her you couldn't help but love her.

She had this incredible ability to build up everyone around her. No matter who you were, she’d make you feel like your interests were the coolest thing in the world, and you were the coolest person in the world.

Carrie was that rare type of person who could talk to anyone about anything. She was extremely intelligent and really loved diving deep into thought-provoking conversations that challenged her.

Carrie loved Cincinnati and was proud to call the city her home. She was a student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, working towards a degree in Political Science. If you knew Carrie, it made sense that she had a fascination and love of politics. It’s how she saw herself making a difference and making the world a better place. She dreamed about one day becoming the mayor of Cincinnati and Cincinnati would've been lucky to have had her as their mayor.

Carrie was deeply compassionate about all living things; even if you never met her, she cared about you; and she was never afraid to stand up for what was right.

A devoted animal advocate, Carrie’s love of animals led to her becoming a vegan. More than once she went out in the middle of the night to rescue a mistreated dog. Her “dog-child” for the past 10 years was a rescue. Since Carrie didn’t know anything about her, she named her “Story,” because she didn’t know her “Story.”

Music was extremely meaningful and played a huge role in Carrie’s life. For many years she enjoyed playing in front of audiences at coffee shops and bars. She had a profound understanding of music from all genres and had a deep appreciation for the artists behind it.

When she moved to Cincinnati she became a loyal Bengals fan. However, Carrie wanted to honor her team of doctors and nurses at Cleveland Clinic. So, for the past few years her loyalties were divided between the Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. Carrie was a true warrior, battling every day since she was first diagnosed with cancer. She fought with everything she had until the day she passed.

Carrie had an infectious smile, never referred to herself as a grown-up, was a fan of radio flyer red wagons, loved her hair and referred to it as the “mop on her head,” and her favorite color was pink. Jackson and John, her two great nephews, called her “Auntie” and she wore the title proudly. She was always the first person to send a “Happy Birthday” text at 12:01am and she brought so much joy to those of us who were lucky enough to have known her. She had a bigger impact on more people than she knew and she’ll be missed deeply by so many.

Please feel free to visit this link to see the Carrie that we loved so much:

With family by her side, Carrie joined her maternal grandparents, George and Jan Sample, on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

She is survived by her parents, Chris and Bob Jordan, and her brother, Daniel “Boomer” Donahue and his fiancé, Megan Antill. In addition, she is survived by three “bonus” sisters; Kathy Waiters, Brenda Jordan (Dan Pratt), and Elizabeth Donahue and a “bonus” brother, Brian Jordan, and his wife, Lisa. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Tonya Donahue, a niece, Olivia Donahue (Marshall Bell), and two great nephews, Jackson and John. Also surviving are four aunts, Susan Sample, Janet Sample, Kim Wiler, and Patricia “Sam” Stetson and her husband, Dave; three uncles; George "Scoop" Sample and his wife, Marlene "Sissie," David Sample and his wife, Cyndi, and Michael Sample and his wife, Debbie; 13 cousins; Morgan Sample, J.D. McRae, Spencer McRae, Courtney McRae, Tyler Sample, Sara Sample, T.J. Wiler, Mackenzie Wiler, Taylor Stetson, Kendall Stetson, Riley Stetson, Sydney Sample, and John-George Sample. She is also survived by her father, Richard Donahue.

Due to COVID-19, the funeral service will be held privately by her family. A celebration of her life will be held when it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Carrie’s name to: Hope Lodge, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106; or The ANNA Wellness Center ~ Corry, 13199 Route 6, Corry, PA 16407.

Arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center. St., Corry, Pa.

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