Lois Simpson

A photo of Lois Simpson

We are sad to announce the passing of Louisa “Lois” Simpson (nee Langstaff) on October 29, 2023, who passed away with Laurie and Lee by her side at Victoria Hospital in London at the age of 89. High school sweetheart of the late Gary Simpson (2020) with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Loving mother to Laurie Simpson and Lee Simpson, both of London. She was the youngest daughter of the late Alfred and Beatrice (nee Kelly) Langstaff.

Predeceased by all her siblings, Alfred (Muriel) Langstaff, Crawford (Leila) Langstaff, Margaret (Matthew) Humphrey, Helen (Jim) Sturdevant, Lloyd (Marion) Langstaff, Marion (Art) Slade, Jenner (Tom) Fisher, Elliott (Helen) Langstaff, Lillian (infant) Langstaff, and Arnold (Mary) Langstaff.

Sister-in-law to Marion (Jack) Sherman of Ridgetown and predeceased by Audrey (Ted) Hall. Much loved and adored Aunt to many nieces and nephews and she will be sadly missed by many cousins and friends.

Lois will be remembered for her 22 years of teaching. She taught in one-room schoolhouses throughout Chatham township and MacKenzie Island (Red Lake, ON) as well as various grades in Burford, Brantford, Ridgetown and Chatham. After retiring to the family farm, Lois’s gardening became a passion creating her own gardens from scratch. Louisa was always a ‘lady’ and will be remembered for her kind, intelligent, gentle and loving way. Though primarily in her outdoor apparel, her love of fashion was noticeable in classy outfits over the years. A penchant for style included her wedding dress from the cover of Vogue magazine in 1959.

Cremation has taken place and we will celebrate Lois’s beautiful life at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre (591 Wellington Rd. S., London) in the Oak Room on Sunday November 12, 2023 from 1:00pm until 4:30pm. A service and warm regards will take place at 2:00pm which will be livestreamed through the following link:  https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84040629455?pwd=JrEpgRb3LGyXzg6ax1whTqftrAb2nP.1  A brief interment at Morpeth Cemetery (located on the north side of Highway 3 –#12637 Talbot Trail — just east of the town of Morpeth) will occur Tuesday Nov. 21st at 1:30 pm for those who wish to attend. Donations to PAWR (Chatham), the World Wildlife Canada or Salvation Army would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

A tribute video of Louisa’s life can be viewed by clicking the following link:https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/L7L6K8G8JN72M5S9

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I will always remember your Mom as a bright light among us. Her earthly presence will be a great loss. Her memory is as close as the next beautiful flower you see. Holding you both close during this difficult time.

Dear Lee and Laurie Bruce and I are thinking of you and know that your many wonderful memories will give you comfort and strength during this most difficult time. Our sincere condolences wrapped in love. Mary and Bruce

A wonderful woman has departed, but her children continue to share her light. Sincere condolences, Laurie and Lee, during this difficult time. Thankful your Mom’s memories will be shared by you both.

Laurie and Lee: May the prayers and support of family and good friends comfort you as you walk this journey of grief. Relationships do not end with death; they become perfected in eternity. Your mom was a beautifully kind and gentle soul who appreciated and participated in God’s creation - especially in her garden with her extraordinary awe of the trees; studying the intricate design of each flower petal, the fragrance and brilliant colour of each flower, and most importantly her love for God’s little creatures that she nurtured and who came to her patio door every day for food and a safe place to visit. I know this gave your mom many hours enjoyment when she gardened, and later when she could watch and appreciate all the silent activity that goes on in nature. She loved to chat about what was growing, and who was scampering around, as she had names for each of her little garden friends. Lois, I learned from you that one plant can be moved around to many different places over the course of the years. I would come to visit and see how a plant was doing, only to find it mysteriously moved to another section in the garden. You will be remembered with fondness and appreciation. Fear not, for you will rest in His eternal peace in His heavenly garden.

To the Simpson Family, Mrs. Simpson was either my Grade 3 or 4 teacher (it's so long ago I can't remember which grade) at Howard-Harwich-Moravian P.S. I also rode by her house on the school bus each day when it would stop to pick up Laurie. I remember her as being a very kind and patient woman with her students. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family as you miss and remember this very lovely woman. Heather (Smith) Brodie

Laurie and Lee, we are heart broken at the loss of your precious Mom. As you know, we also loved her dearly . We have a flood of special memories about time spent with her. Auntie Lois was a fun & adventurous travel companion. We always looked forward to the many special occasions we all shared. We are sorry we are unable to attend the funeral. However, it was thoughtful of you to arrange live streaming. Our west coast family will come together to share memories. We love you, Carolyn & Bert

I was one of the lucky ones to have lived across the hall from Lois for awhile here. She was a lovely neighbor that I enjoyed chatting with in the garden when both of us were outside at the same time which seemed to be quite often. She would leave little flowers & plants for me for my garden when I was at work & was a great source of information & knowledge about growing numerous types of flowers. I learned a lot over the years. Her kindness never stopped & was spread around to everyone here. I saw her on various occasions taking cooked meals to others on other floors in the building. Many of the flowers & plants we have in our back gardens of our building have been donated by Lois especially in the last couple of years. Now I will be remembering her fondly as I look at her flowers in the gardens in the future. She was a beautiful gentle soul, soft spoken, full of joy & love with only a kind word to say about everyone. And now she's seen Jesus face to face & experiencing that love that never ends & is at home with other loved ones who went on before her. She is very much missed already. My deepest condolences for your loss Laurie & Lee. Your mother was truly a very beautiful & special lady.......a real Angel here on earth & now one in Heaven too. Sending much love & hugs. Xoxoxo Alexis

Sincere condolences to all. I met Louisa by chance when she was working in her garden. We had a connection right away. Louisa loved nature and all it had to offer. Louisa could tell you all the names of her flowers and her little critters (she named). "Chippy" was her favourite though. Louisa loved life, family, friends and always looked forward to visits which were never long enough for her. Louisa was very knowledgeable about many things and a lovely lady. She was the sunshine in my day. She was very easy to please, independent and a trooper, always surprising us. I will forever cherish my memories and the love we shared. Thank you for all your love and kindness. God has a very special angel at his side. Rest in Peace, God will take care of you. Love Barb Peever and family. XOXOXO

Laurie and Lee, My prayers are for comfort for you during this time. Aunt Lois and Uncle Gary were always so much fun when they visited next door. Lots of great memories ❣️ for the family.

Lois was one of the "Sweet Ones" you seldom come across in life. Although my husband Lawrence's aunt, she was near and dear to me as well. We shared a passion for children and teaching and family. I am sure her faith, and her love for community and family will long be remembered. Farewell, Sweet Auntie. Rest in piece with your siblings, your hubbie and your Lord.

"If he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought." 2 Maccabees 12:44-45 Lois has now seen our Beloved Jesus face to face. May his mercy from his pierced side be poured out upon her soul. Love Christine

I am honoured to have become acquainted with Louisa just this year; however, as a believer in Jesus I plan to spend a future eternity with her.