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Vivian Simpson

Mar 29th, 1928 - Jun 16th, 2019

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Clay City Cemetery


   Vivian Grace Simpson, age 91, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Clay County Hospital. 

   She was born March 29, 1928, in Hogan, Missouri, the daughter of Ralph and Goldie (Hudson) Bricker.  She was united in marriage to Bennie Wayne Simpson March 19, 1946, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and together they shared 64 years of marriage.  He passed away June 1, 2010.

   If you asked, who was our mother?  We would say she was a daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandma, great-grandma, great-great-grandma, and aunt.  She was the world’s best cook and pie baker, a spotless housekeeper, a friend, neighbor, and caregiver to family and patients.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Flora where she was strong in her faith.  She was a child of The Great Depression who learned how to find strength in everything.  She was a wonderful seamstress and worked hard for everything she ever had and would give it all to her family.  She loved flowers, especially yellow roses.  She is now free of all worldly chains, waltzing across heaven with our daddy.  Now we must say goodbye for a short while. Until we meet again, we love you Mama.

   Survivors include 3 sons: Herbert Simpson and wife Lois of Flora, Thomas Simpson and wife Margaret of Flora, and Robert Simpson and wife Lisa of Ingraham; a daughter: Ella Mae Mix of Cisne;  12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Patty Bright and husband Eber of Cisne; a brother: Carl Wayne Gray and wife Karin of Aurora, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews also survive.   

   She was preceded in death by parents and stepparents: Ralph and Dorothy Bricker and Goldie and Morley Galarneau; husband: Bennie Wayne Simpson; 3 sisters: Lavera Hipes, Dorine Pearcy, and Martha Harris; and a son-in-law: Ron Mix.

   A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Mike Evans officiating.  Interment will follow in Clay City Cemetery.  Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church and will be accepted through the funeral home.  


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Susan Allison

June 17th

Dear Tom and Margaret, We were so sorry to see this news of your Mom’s death. Please know we are keeping you and all your family in our thoughts and prayers. Susan and Jim

Randy & tiffany payne

June 17th

I had the privilege of caring for vivian while she was a resident at the flora gardens care center. She was such a sweet loving lady and i will miss her greatly. Rip my sweet friend

David and Debby Devore

June 17th

Tom and Margaret we were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. Hugs and prayers to you.

Meryl Woods Jr

June 18th

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family.

Stan and Carla Stanford

June 18th

Thinking of the family


June 18th


Steve and Marsha Miller

June 18th

Tom and Margaret you have our Sympathy at the death of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nick & Vera DeWeese

June 18th

Tom and Margaret our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family especially Ella.

Carl Wayne Gray

June 18th

Goodbye Sis, we're going to miss you.

Community Southern Baptist Church

June 18th

We will miss having her join us for Sunday morning services at the Gardens. She was a wonderful sweet person. Andi Malone, Mary Sweetin and Ed Trowbridge

Steve Gayla Karns

June 18th

I will miss her very much I enjoy working with her love Gayla

Paula Jones Rahn

June 18th

Sorry for your loss

Janice Cook

June 18th

Ella....your mother was a very special lady...Heaven has gained an angel...prayers of comfort my friend,

Crystal Stine

June 18th

Vivian was a pleasure to care for. I had the pleasure of caring for her at Helia Healthcare for a short time. Fly high sweet angel. You will be missed and are loved dearly

Tammy Griffith

June 18th

So sorry for your loss .I took care of her at the Gardens she reminded me alot of my grandma she was strong willed enjoyed listening to her story's she will be missed love to the family

Brenda Evans Kling

June 19th

My condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Patty Barnard

June 19th

So sorry for your Family loss, Prayers an Deepest Sympathy

Vivian Simpson

June 19th

Sorry for your loss David& Kathy Smith

Cheryl McCarty

June 19th

Ella and all the Simpson family, I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find peace in the wonderful memories you share.

Donna Stanley

June 19th

So sorry for your loss..will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jill kelley

June 19th

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. Prayers for the entire family

Trecia Kitombolwe

June 19th

Robert and Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss and pray for peace and strength for you and the entire family.

Steven Staley

June 21st

To the Simpson family, You have my deepest condolences.

Pastor Evans

June 23rd

What a blessing to pastor such a wonderful lady. In her late eighties and she was still working at VBS. She remained teachable and was continually growing more like our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.



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