Mary Ann Simpson (nee Hurych), 99, died on Aug. 9, 2015 at Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Village in Pemberville, Ohio.
She was born on Feb., 16, 1916 in Galveston, Texas, to Charles and Rose Hurych, who had emigrated from Czechoslovakia. Ms. Simpson was raised in Attica, Indiana, helping in the family laundry and dry-cleaning business and ultimately graduating from Purdue University in 1937 with a degree in home economics.
She married Arthur R. Simpson on Sept. 18, 1937, and they were married for 59 years before his death on Oct. 22, 1996. They lived in Riverside, raising three sons, before retiring in 1976 to rural Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.
For the past seven years she lived in Pemberville, Ohio. Ms. Simpson was an inveterate reader who had a passion for politics, biographies, history, current events and a variety of other subjects. Until just prior to her death, she read two to three books a week, and was an enthusiastic member of a book club.
She was an avid weaver, a talented knitter and maintained a ceramics shop in Wisconsin for many years. She also did copper enameling, enjoyed doing graphics on her computer, had a Facebook page, and at one time was a gifted archer, competing at the national level.
Once, while in college, she and her fellow home economics students baked a pie for famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who was visiting the campus.
She was active in Riverside’s Presbyterian Church, later joining the Moravian Church in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, and the Faith United Methodist Church in Luckey, Ohio.
She was as member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, PEO and the American Association of University Women. She was a survivor of ovarian cancer in 1979 and had been successfully treated for breast cancer last year.
Ms. Simpson loved to travel, treasured her time with grandchildren and great grandchildren, and maintained an enthusiasm for life that lasted all of her 99 years.
She is survived by her sons, Raymond A. (Joan) Simpson, Steven C. (Linda) Simpson and David C. (Caryl) Simpson; her grandchildren, Christine (Jeff) Limes, Brian Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Jeff (Yanet) Simpson, Daniel Ravanelli, Alison (Zane) Brady, Bennett Simpson, Tim Funk and Dana Funk; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Jake, Zane, Sophie and Camdyn; her daughter-in-law, Karen Hovis Simpson Furney; and her brother, Robert.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; her parents; her sister, Helen Gritis; and her brother, Charles.
Visitation and funeral Services will be held Aug. 13 at Faith United Methodist Church in Luckey, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church, 111 Main St., Luckey, Ohio, 43443.