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Doris Simpson

Doris Simpson

Died: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Age: 83
Doris H. Simpson, age 83, of Marshall, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Oaklawn Hospital

Mrs. Simpson was born July 4, 1927 in Seward, Nebraska to Paul and Esther (Gnuse) Herpolsheimer. She moved to the Detroit area with her family and graduated from Royal Oak High School. She studied at Valpariso University and earned a B.A. Degree in English graduating in 1950.

While attending a Youth Group swim with the Huntington Woods Lutheran Church Milton Simpson noticed an attractive young woman in a white bathing suit. She was very intelligent when he engaged her in conversation and Milt concluded “if I could marry that girl I would be a happy man!” Milt asked her to marry him on a scenic bridge on the grounds of Valpo University. She said yes and made him that happy man! Milt and Doris were united in Holy Matrimony on June 24, 1950 at Huntington Woods Lutheran Church and they have enjoyed 60 happy years together.

Mrs. Simpson loved the English language and teaching. She substitute taught in Rochester and Almont school systems. She taught a literacy program to GED graduates in Lapeer County. In 1985 the Simpsons moved to Marshall. While there Mrs. Simpson taught a literacy program for inmates at the Calhoun County Jail.

Mrs. Simpson was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church wherever she lived. She is currently a member of the St. Mark Lutheran Church in Battle Creek where she sang in the choir. She is a former member of Zion Lutheran Church. While at Zion she served as a substitute church organist. Mrs. Simpson always participated in choir in the church and had also taught youth groups. At Holy Redeemer in Dryden she was the Choir Director.

While in college she was a member of the Valpo University Choir. She has sung with a group of friends here called “The Altos.” She was a past member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She enjoyed cooking, canning and music. Mrs. Simpson was a member of Marshall Historical Society. She was artistically talented and painted in oils. She was interested in genealogy and wrote a history of her family.

Surviving are her husband Milton; two sons, Michael (Suzette) Simpson of Bloomfield Hills and Mark (Donna) Simpson of Allenton; three daughters, Christine Allen Simpson and Megan Jo Simpson both of Battle Creek and Kate (Jack Calkins) Hurlahe of Hazel Park; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Paul (Nancy) Herpolsheimer of Leesburg, Florida, J.Roger (Dianne) Herpolsheimer of Marlette, and W. Charles (Nancy) Herpolsheimer of Imlay City; a sister, Mary (Robert) Blackwell of Bowling Green, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 114 E. Minges, (corner of Capital Avenue SW and Minges) Battle Creek with Rev. Maurice Shackell officiating. Committal will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dryden on Thursday, December 30 at 11 a.m. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mark Lutheran Church. Assistance available at the Kempf Funeral Home.

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