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SIMPSON, M. Joan (nee Amundsen)

March 12, 1933 – August 13, 2012

Joan, beloved wife of George Simpson, of Calgary, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2012 at the age of 79 years.

Raised on the family farm in Claresholm, Joan was the baby of a family of eight children. She spoke fondly of growing up with her brothers and sisters, Roy, Iris, Owen, Audrey, Betty, Wayne, and Shirley, and it was obvious that her upbringing in a family filled with love had an impact on the way she lived her life. Joan loved to cook, was an excellent seamstress, and knew the value of family. She was always happiest with her large, extended family around her. Joan married her childhood sweetheart, George Simpson, on September 8, 1953, settling down in Calgary in 1955. She was extremely proud of her three children, three grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren and had the kindest, biggest heart in the world where they were concerned. Friends also remember her for her kind and gentle spirit.

Joan left us far too soon. Her children, Wade (Jan), Cameron (Melanie) and Christina (Wayne), and George, her husband of nearly 59 years, weren’t ready for her to be taken, but are grateful and blessed for having had the time they did have with her.

Though her footprint upon this earth wasn’t enormous, the impact she had was huge. Always loved, never forgotten.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street N) on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. or to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca.

In living memory of Joan Simpson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Barbara D Russell nee Berg :

    Please accept our most sincere condolence in the loss of dear Joan. I fondly remember many happy times at Uncle Adolph’s house when I spent overnights with her. She was a very dear cousin.

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  2. Bob and Kay Dunn :

    Bob and I send our deepest sympathies to you George, and all of the family. We are neighbours in Kincora, and are so saddened by this tragic loss. Joan was a walking companion of mine almost every day at 9:00 am-we had many wonderful chats about life and family along the way. I will truly miss her kind and gentle friendship, she was a beautiful lady. We are thinking of you all in the loss of your wife, mom and grandma.
    With our love,
    Kay and Bob Dunn

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  3. Sara Patterson :

    Our deepest sympathies to all.
    You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. She is looking down on all of you.
    Sara Patterson and Family

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  4. Lloyd Waldner :

    Joan is a precious soul a real sweetheart of a lady

    Always made me fell like part of the family when I visited her and George in their home.

    My memory of joan is of a Kind hearted, gentle spirit, and soft hearted , I never seen her upset or angry, truly a wounderful lady.
    Your heart and soul will live forever in your family
    rest in eternal peace Joan

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  5. Patty Adelvard :

    My most sincere and heartfelt condolences at your loss. My thoughts are with you all at this devastating loss.

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  6. Reiman Family :

    so very, very sorry…our thoughts are with all of you…

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  7. Dear Cam,

    On behalf of my wife Jennifer and I, please accept our sympathy on the passing of your mother. Over the coming days I hope you and your family will have the opportunity to reflect upon and share your most cherished memories.

    Sincerely,

    Chris

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  8. Mr & mrs Herman Waldner :

    Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. The loss of you dear mom..rest in peace sweet lady..God Bless You all..
    Sincerely Judy Waldner.

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  9. Inez & Glenn Smith :

    Melanie, Cam and family

    Hope you soon reach a time when you remember your mother with smiles and not tears.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Lily and Mori Ohara :

    To George and family.
    Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May the peace that comes from the memories shared with Joan comfort you and your family now and in the days ahead. Joan’s friendship and loyal support during our shared days at West Dalhousie School will forever be cherished and remembered.
    Lily(Mori)Ohara

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  11. Joyce And Erwin Fellner :

    We were so saddened to learn of Joan’s sudden passing. We have nothing but fond memories of our times together, especially in Germany so many years ago. Our eldest daughter, Suzanne, especially recalls Joan babysitting her for a few days while we took a trip. She was a little confused by her name and always referred to Joan as Mrs. Simpson-Sears! Love to all.

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  12. Larry & Tanya Swaren :

    Dear Cam, Melanie and family,
    What a tragic and terrible loss. We wish we could be there to hug and console you at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with all of you and the rest of your extended family as you mourn the untimely passing of your sweet Mother. May she visit you often on the gentle wings of a butterfly.
    With our love & deepest sympathy,
    Larry & Tanya

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  13. Cam, Wade, Christina and family: Terribly sorry to hear or your loss or your mother. My condolences to you all.

    Mark Bahan

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  14. Barbara Newman :

    Dear George and family: My deepest sympathies on the tragic loss of Joan. She was a wonderful, warm and thoughtful person. I have very fond memories of her when we were on staff at West Dalhousie School. I was so pleased to see her and talk to her at my recent retirement celebration.
    May memories of happy times help you through these difficult times.
    Sincerely,
    Barbara Newman

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  15. Gordon and Sharon Simpson :

    We send our condolences to the family.We have made a donation to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation in Joan’s memory.
    Sincerely
    Gordon and Sharon Simpson

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  16. Jacqueline Dunckel Donoghue :

    Dear George and Family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences. Joan was the center of your universe. She let you be the stars to shine while she gave you her quiet, loving strength and support. She welcomed us into your home at a time when we needed her warmth and generosity of spirit for which we will always be grateful
    Sincerely, Jacqueline Donoghue, Lisa Koepke and Nancy Dunckel-Meile.

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