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Cecil "Sally" Simpson

November 11, 1914 ~ September 04, 2012

Cecil “Sally” Simpson, or Tutu to her grandchildren, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Belgrade, Montana. 

Cecil was born in Longmont, Colorado, the eighth child of Thomas and Emma Lorraine Miller.  Times were tough in those days and they followed the crops mostly.  Some of the men were laborers, carpenters, etc.  They moved on to Washington when there was work there and down into California as they found work.  They always had such wonderful stories to tell about their childhood.  They didn’t think they were so poor, maybe except the Thanksgiving when they only had a potato and onion to make soup with.

She was living in Oakland, CA working on her nursing degree which she finished up in Memphis several years and two kids later.  She could feed three babies at once and still managed to burp each one as needed.  Sally met and married her soulmate (a cute little red-headed sailor named Martin Simpson) in Oakland on May 3, 1933.  They moved to Panama for “her” first duty station, where their first child, Lorraine, was born.  Several years later, while stationed at NAS Lakehurst, NJ, son James was born.  They were there when the German Zeppelin Hindenburg crashed.  Sally watched from the chain-link fencing knowing Martin was on the landing crew.  She didn’t know if he was alive for three days, until a milkman got off the base to tell the wives their husbands were okay.  For the next 25 years, she followed him everywhere around the world.  Their final retirement was to Oak Harbor, Washington.  She was active in the Emblem Club and she and Martin took dance lessons when they weren’t busy with their Fun On Wheels group.  Cecil took all kinds of art lessons with her friends and water color classes with her son.  She was a very creative lady and loved her miniatures which she enjoyed with a group of terrific ladies while in Bozeman, Montana.  She was an avid reader and had long talks with her son-in-law on what they had been reading.  In her later years, when her eyesight began to fail, she turned to the MT Talking Book audio books for the blind and the Blind and Low Vision Services.  After Martin’s death in 1996, she moved to Bozeman to be with her daughter, Lorraine and her husband, Frank.

Cecil is survived by her sister, Pat; brother, Homer; sister-in-law, Sally; daughter, Lorraine (Frank); daughter-in-law, Joan; grandchildren, Martin (Emily), Aimee, Ed (Dan), Monique (Tom), Barbara, and Steve (Jen); and great-grandchildren, Adam Pratt-Dermer, Lizzy Pratt, Ben Pratt, Benvolio Bourque-Valenti, and Juliana Bourque-Valenti.

Cecil was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Martin; son, James; and siblings, Nola (George), Ruby, Elmer (Mildred), Acie, Rowena (Bud), Mildred, Del (Bob), Orvie, Arvada (Gene); and brother-in-law, Paul.

Her final duty station will be Arlington National Cemetery with Martin.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to First Choice Home Health, PO Box 11929, Bozeman, MT  59719 or Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, with Hospice in the memo line, 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT  59715.

 

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