Ruby Jewell Simpson, 96


A graveside funeral service for Ruby Jewell Simpson, 96, of Gainesville, formerly of Alton, was held Aug. 1, 2020, at Bailey Cemetery in Alton with Robert Wiggs officiating. A come-and-go visitation was held July 31 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Mrs. Simpson died July 29 at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was born March 1, 1924, in Alton, the daughter of John and Ollie Roberts Thompson. She was a Christian and was baptized as a teenager. She graduated from Alton High School in 1942, two days after marrying Warren T. Simpson on May 13. 

Mrs. Simpson was a loving mother and grandmother. After her husband gave her a sewing machine, she started a career of making clothing for her family and others. She enjoyed canning propuce from their garden, cooking, painting, ceramics, making quilts and needlepoint. She was a very gifted person who enjoyed being a homemaker.

In later years, she was a cancer survivor at age 80. After leaving Alton to be closer to their girls, she and Mr. Simpson enjoyed going to listen to music, taking trips and visiting friends and family back in Alton. She was blessed with a long life.

She is survived by her two daughters, Katherine Sue Simpson, and Carolyn Jean Johnson and husband Jimmy, all of Gainesville; four grandchildren, Paige Kilpatric, Penny Britt and husband Gene, Shay Kilpatric, and Bill Cochran and wife Amanda; nine great-grandchildren, Sierra, Ally, Abby, Aspyn and husband Lain, Eli, Zyler, Aarow, Calla and Mason; one great-great-granddaughter, Aubrianna Malii; one sister, Reva Cates and husband Garland of Holden, Missouri; and many extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ollie Thompson, and her beloved husband, Warren T. Simpson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long St. Mountain Home, AR  72653. 

Arrangements by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.

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