Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday January 27, 2018
A time to visit with family and friends will
take place following the Funeral Service.
Barbara Yvonne Simpson of Ridgetown passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Monday December 11, 2017. Barb was born 87 years ago to her late parents Evelyn & Fares Edmondson. Aside from a time that she lived in Blenheim, Barb spent most of her years in Ridgetown with her husband Beverly who predeceased her in 2003. Barb and Bev were the proud parents of three girls; Deborah Ruth Simpson who died in her infancy in 1953, Lynda Joy Dunfield who now lives in Calgary and Brenda Dianne Simpson of Blenheim. Their family eventually grew to include two granddaughters Marcy & Barry Mason who live in Red Deer AB with their children Ava Lynn and Liam Scott Mason and Cara & Brander Nicolaysen who live in Chestermere AB with their children Cooper Leif, Ellie Joy and Harrison Derrick Nicolaysen.
Barb was the third of eight siblings and is survived by her sisters Esther Giroux (Paul) of Ridgetown, Marie VanCaille (late Bill) of Chatham, Victoria Ouellette (Andrè) of Langley BC and her brother Tom Edmondson of Chatham. She was predeceased by her sisters Frances Riegling (Carl) and Laura Padbury (Bruce) as well as her brother John Edmondson and his wife Frances. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law Bruce McCallum (late Evelyn) of Mississauga and Jim Simpson (Susan) of Toronto.
Barb retired in 1992 after working over 30 years at the CIBC in Ridgetown where she made many friends. She was a 51 year member of the I.O.D.E., most recently being a member of the Randolph Churchill Chapter in Blenheim where she attended meetings with her niece and friend Kandace Bliss. She also enjoyed singing since her childhood and was able to share her talent singing in the choir of the Blenheim United Church and before that at Ridgetown United for many years.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Barb’s life will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. which will be followed by a time to visit with family and friends. A family interment will take place in April in Shanks Cemetery.
Barb’s wish was that in lieu of flowers, people would consider making a charitable donation to the Ridgetown United Church where she was a member or the Village on the Ridge where she called home.