TRENT — Vivian Iona Simpson, 89, of Trent, passed away on July 13, 2011, in Merkel, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Trent with Rev. Ronnie Freeman and Rev. Rex Mauldin officiating. Interment will follow in the Sweetwater Cemetery directed by McCoy Funeral Home.
There will be a family visitation on Friday, July 15, from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home, located at 401 E. Third Street in Sweetwater, Texas.
Vivian was born Nov. 20, 1921, in Kauffman, TX, to Robert Arthur and Bessie Beatrice Mauser Lee. She married Dale Patterson Simpson, Sr. July 6, 1941, in Marshall, TX. She lived in the Trent area since 1964. She served with her husband in the military for 27 years. She attended Trent United Methodist Church, and was a homemaker.
She is survived by four sons, Dale P. Simpson and wife Rose of Arlington, TX, Robert Simpson, Don Simpson, and Ted and his wife Melinda Simpson, all of Trent, TX; 16 grandchildren, Missy Jones and Frances Jones of McKinney, TX, Christopher T. Simpson and wife Cindy of Monahans, Dale P. Simpson III and wife Debbie, Shawn L. Simpson and wife Robin, Matthew C. Simpson and wife Evelyn, Paul Simpson and wife Christine, all of Tucson, Arizona, Bo Simpson, Jr. of Trent TX, Misty D. Hull and husband Stacey of Palmer, Alaska, Stephen Lamm of Arlington, TX, Naomi Hall and husband Aaron and Jennifer Lamm, both of Palmer, Alaska, James C. Simpson and wife Paige of Burleson, TX, Lewis Knapp and wife Shelly of San Diego, CA, Julie J. Clay of Arlington, TX, Albert L. Booker of Dalhart, TX and Michelle Coehn and husband Jody of Los Angeles, California; 32 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn N. Simpson, Madilyn C. Simpson, Brittaini D. Jones, Jordan F. Jones, Shawn Simpson, Jr. and wife Sara Lyn, Krystal Simpson, Leah Simpson, Griffin Simpson, Graham Knapp, Katie Knapp, Elizabeth Clay, Justin Patton, Kaylee Gomez, Ashlee Lamm, Ryan Neathery, Bryn Coehn, Ryan Coehn, Jacob Gomez, Stephanie Hall, Matthew Hall, Aaron Hall, Jr., Shelby Valadez, Justine Valadez, Stephen Valadez, Jennifer Sandoval and husband Chris, Jonathen Simpson, David Simpson, Mark Simpson, Zach Simpson, Matthew Simpson and Gabe Simpson; and one great-great-grandchild, Jaden Sandoval.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Patterson Simpson on March 30, 2003; her parents, Robert Arthur and Bessie Beatrice Lee; sister, Daphna Glass; and nephew, Richard Glass.
Pallbearers will be Francis Jones, Chris Simpson, Trace Simpson, Joel Baker, Bo Simpson, Jim Simpson, Lewis Knapp and D.V. Cox.
Honorary pallbearers will be Owen O’Kelley, Chris Jones, Gerald Jones, Sammy Thompson, Orville Patterson, Lloyd Williams, Steven Lamm and Warren Dozier.