Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home

186 Park Ave, Coshocton, OH


Carolyn Ray Simpson

November 13, 1941August 23, 2019

Carolyn Ray Simpson of Naples, Florida and Coshocton, Ohio died on August 23, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida. She was 77.

Born in Houston, Texas on November 13, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Samuel Ray and Dorothy (Darbon) Ray. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy in Houston and attended the University of Texas in Austin where she was selected one of the Ten Most Beautiful in her freshman year. She taught third grade at St. Ambrose school before joining Finger Furniture Rental as a staff designer. She later joined Cort Furniture Rental where she designed new stores in cities throughout the country. She married Robert S. Simpson on November 18, 1967 in St. Anne Church in Houston. In 1976 she moved to Coshocton, Ohio with her husband.

She was renowned as a gourmet chef who loved to entertain family and friends. Among her many interests were painting, gardening, golfing, boating and playing bridge with friends. She was a member of Junior Women’s Club in Coshocton, the Country Club of Naples, and Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club in Naples. She believed in giving back and she supported several charities including St. Agnes Academy in Houston and The Pomerene Center for the Arts in Coshocton.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Simpson, her brother Calvin Samuel Ray, Jr. (Cindi) of Houston, and nephews Christopher Ray, Cameron Ray, Roy Key, and Randall Finnigan. Her sister, Sandra Finnigan, and her parents preceded her in death.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home, 186 Park Ave, Coshocton on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

A memorial service will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer, Houston, TX on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pomerene Center for the Arts, 317 Mulberry St., Coshocton, OH 43812; St. Agnes Academy, 9000 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.


21 September

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

St. Anne Catholic Church

2140 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , Texas 77098


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Zana Blakely

September 17, 2019

I miss my cousin in so many ways. Mostly I miss our daily phone calls . We could talk for over an hour about food and dinner plans or how to disguise leftovers from our husbands. I miss her laugh, her optimism, how she called me “Zoom”. She was the sister I never had. Life is less joyful right now but one thing makes me smile. When I think of Carolyn joining Inez, Dorothy, Mary Ann & Juanita in heaven, I know it will never be the same up there💕

Jordan Reese

September 13, 2019

When I lived in Houston I always enjoyed Carolyn’s visits at Sam’s house. It was always over a great meal that she made. Carolyn was always fun to be with. She had a great outgoing personality and always took an interest in me and what was happening in my life. We had a fun and special time together when she came to Las Vegas and I introduced her to the game of Craps. It was a real pleasure for me seeing her having so much fun winning and learning the game. When the dice were passed to her to throw them for the first time she threw the dice for 25 minutes. The table was going wild cheering her on and winning money. A 25 minute hand on a dice table is rare and special. And so was Carolyn. She will be missed. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻

Charles and Pam LeCompte

September 12, 2019

I never had a Big Sis, but if I did it would have been you. You were always there to answer my many cooking questions and to offer comfort when I lost someone dear to me, like my brother. Two weeks before you left us too soon, you were helping me with how to store and cook redfish throats. As always, you were right on. The soup I made was awesome thanks to you.
I will miss our conversations as well on football especially LSU and the Saints and sometimes the Texans. I will never forget some of the meals you prepared when Pam and I came to visit.

It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember! We will never forget you and always treasure the times we were able to spend together.

Pam and Charlie

Terri Prouty

September 12, 2019

A great lady who treated everyone with respect. My daughter and I will always remember her for her kindness and her attitude towards life. You will always be remembered.

Cindi Ray

September 2, 2019

The sweetest, most giving & fun sister in law in the world!!!

Carolyn & Sam spoke every night .. while cooking , watching a show, or just spending time!!

Carolyn showed strength & bravery to us all!!

What a beautiful lady & now with her family in Heaven ♥️