Barbara Simpson

A photo of Barbara Simpson


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday January 27, 2018
2:00 p.m.


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.

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I met Barb when my mother-in-law (Fern Hawthorne) was at the Village. I always went to have a visit with Barb. She was easy to talk to and we had some interesting conversations. She was a wonderful friend. She will be greatly missed but good memories will live on in our hearts. My sympathy to all her family. She often talked about you.

Please accept my sympathy to all of your family in the loss of Barb. We shared many happy memories and good laughs over the years. Her smile was infectious.

My deepest sympathies Lynda and Brenda, I worked with your Mom at the Bank several years ago, such a beautiful lady, she will be truly missed by all.

Very Sorry

When I think of Bev and Barb the first thing thats comes to mind is" sweetest couple " I have ever met My deepest sympathies to the Families

102-330 Catherine St, RR #1 Just want you to know she will be missed. Barb always found the right words for the perfect time. May she rest in peace.

Deepest condolences to you both Lynda and Brenda! Your mom was such an awesome lady! I will always cherish the memories! Especially the Saturday night visits after church! So glad I got to see her the last time you were down Lynda at mom and dads! Hugs to you all! Rest Easy Aunt Barb!

To, Brenda , thinking of you at this time, my long time friend. Hold your memories close to your heart. No words can really help at this moment but many thoughts and prayers are being said for this kind and gently woman. Cathy and Bob Watson

Heaven has gained another angel. Rest in peace Great Aunt Barb. Our deepest sympathies, The Slaats' family

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the passing of Barb. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.