Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 1, 2014

Shirley Ann Simpson

TRAVERSE CITY — Shirley Ann Simpson died at Munson Hospice House on March 27, 2014, from complications of congestive heart failure.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1929 in South Bend, Ind., to the late Frank W. Wright and Edith (McKenzie) Wright.

She graduated from Redford High School in Detroit, Mich. in 1947 and attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. and Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. where she met her husband.

She spent her entire adult life as a homemaker and was a devoted wife and mother to her husband and children. She had a deep passion for classical music and was a skilled pianist. She loved her gardens, cooking for her family and had a deep love of all her animal pets. She was well informed on all civic issues and she was a great traveling partner to her husband, Doug and loved her lakeside homes.

She and her husband, Graydon “Doug” Simpson were married in the Martha Mary Chapel in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Mich. on Sept. 9, 1949 and she and Doug had 64 wonderful years of marriage.

She is survived by her husband, Doug; her son, Douglas R. Simpson and wife Kim from Charlevoix, Mich.; daughter, Kathy A. Warlick and husband Dennis from Pickering, Ohio and son Todd W. Simpson from Cadillac, Mich. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was a devout Christian and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Detroit and Bay City, Mich.

A memorial service will be held by her family at a later date. She will be interred at The Memorial Gardens in Traverse City where both her parents, who had resided in Delroy Beach, Fla., are interred.

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