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Melissa A. Sampson

August 3, 1979 ~ November 18, 2022 (age 43)


Melissa Butler was born August 3, 1979 in Oklahoma City. She was one of five children. She was preceded in death by one parent.

Melissa committed her life to the Lord when she was nine years old, and began ministry at Temple of Faith Full Gospel Church . She served with the youth ministries and often ministered to troubled youth.

Melissa attended and graduated from Millwood High School in 1998. While attending school, she was a member of JROTC. After graduating, she attended Francis Tuttle Technology Center, where she received her cosmetology license in 1999.

Melissa met Randy in the 3rd grade and they later reunited and married on January 20, 2001 and they had three beautiful children.

Melissa loved her family, including many of the people she met on her journey that became family. She was an obedient child of God - a gentle and kind spirited person. Melissa loved people and people loved Melissa!

Melissa was a loving and giving person without limits, which led to her vision, in 2007, to be the Founder and CEO of IMAGINE ME FOUNDATION. As a part of her own inner healing, Melissa wrote her first book titled “Unraveling The Layers I & 2”. Melissa also authored “This Pain Hurts,” “Processing The Wounds Of Cancer,” and her last publication this year is “Mommy, I’m Okay”

Melissa could make any project into a work of art. Much like the tree planted by the rivers of water, mentioned in Psalm 1:3, that brings forth fruit in its season, in whatever Melissa did, she prospered. As a result, Melissa was recognized as having been successful in life by her peers and was honored as one of the Fifty Famous Falcons for the Class of 1998, during Millwood’s 50th Anniversary May 20, 2022.

Melissa departed this life on November 18, 2022 after a long battle with cancer.

Melissa leaves to cherish her memory, her faithful, loving husband Randy Sampson, two sons, Maleek and Jamar and one daughter, Zia. She also leaves behind her parents Monroe and Toni Butler, three brothers Alec Butler, Amoni Butler, and Steven Payne, one sister, Ebony “Labybug” Payne, her cousin and caregiver “Aunt” Tanisha Harper, her special cousin Josh Brewer and her Godparents Joseph and Laminda Lawyer as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ who rejoice in her glorious home going.
“Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened.”

“The Greatest and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the heart.”

“So for each tomorrow when we're not together, Remember The Greatest, and Smile Because It Happened.”

The memory of a good person is a blessing.
Proverbs 10:7

Click here to view a webcast of the service on 11/28/2022 at 01:50 PM, Central Standard Time.


November 27, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Resthaven Funeral Home
500 SW 104th
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

November 28, 2022

2:00 PM
Resthaven Family Center
500 SW 104th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73039


Resthaven Memory Gardens
500 SW 104th
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

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