Raymond’s Samper named Madera County’s Cattlewoman of the year

Mountain Area resident Betty Samper, of Raymond, was recognized as Madera County’s 2014 Cattlewoman of the Year at the Madera County Cattle Women’s (MCCW) October meeting held at the Blue Heron restaurant in Yosemite Lakes Park.

Samper was born in Trumbull County, Ohio where she spent the first five years of her life. Her father, Clyde Millheim, dreamed of owning a ranch and settled in Raymond where Samper attended elementary school, she later went on to high school in Madera.

Samper graduated from Fresno State University where she obtained her teaching degree. She used that degree to teach elementary school in Merced and Madera, but returned to her roots and taught at Raymond-Knowles Elementary for many years. Samper fell in love with a Basque sheepherder, Jeronimo “Ben” Samper. The two were married and settled in on the family ranch where they raised their two children, Clay and Rosanne. The Samper family raised cattle and sheep on the ranch, and were very involved in 4-H and FFA. Samper was a 4-H leader for many years and very involved in the community.

These days, Samper enjoys watching her grandchildren participate in their many 4H, FFA and sports activities. She and Ben are also very active in the Raymond Community Church. Samper loves being a member of the Madera County Cowbelles while also serving as the scholarship chairperson. Here she has found a place where she can promote the beef industry and educate others about the rural lifestyle she loves so much.

- Madera County Cattle Women