Nancy M. Simpson
December 22, 1949 – December 26, 2018
Nancy was born on December 22, 1949 and left us on December 26, 2018 after battling breast cancer.
She was a vibrant woman with a passion for her family, golf, traveling, and the arts. She attended the University of Arkansas where she received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry and later got a Master’s in Chemistry from Central State in Edmond (now UCO).
She worked for more than 30 years as a lab technician at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where she was a beloved colleague and friend to all.
Although she had breast cancer, her death was unexpected. We thought we had more time.
She is survived by husband John; daughters Elyzabeth and Missy; son Reagan; grandchildren Ellie and Johnny; brothers Vince and Bill, and her dear friend Connie.
Her family invites you to join them in celebrating her life on Wednesday, January 2nd at 2pm at the Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Nancy’s memory to the breast cancer research organization of your choice.
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Nancy M. Simpson
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January 7, 2019
This is the painting that Nancy gave to my dad for his 90th birthday!
What a tribute you gave your Dear Nancy today. We love your family and will miss Nancy, but so glad to have her beautiful painting to treasure .
January 4, 2019
My memory of Aunt Nancy is not a specific one, but the memory of how she always made me feel whenever I was with her, starting with the very early years. Whether it be for several days at a time or just a night or two, she always made sure that our visit was a special event. Her warm embrace and the love and attentiveness she showed me never failed to make me feel so good. Whether it was spending the afternoon playing games of Balderdash or Pictionary with the family, eating good food - either delicious home cooked meals or burgers at Johnny's - or just sitting around talking and laughing, I always left feeling so happy, loved, special, and energized. Not to mention, she was so much fun! From start to finish our visits were full of laughter and happiness. Not only did she love her family, but also showed compassion for the world and all its people. She was such a warm and caring person and I will always dearly love my Aunt Nancy.
January 3, 2019
If, at birth, I had been given the opportunity of choosing a sister, it would have been Nancy.
Nancy and I met playing league tennis. From there, we went on to team tennis. Then, something happened. I can’t say what, or when, or how. We became close friends, as close as two sisters could ever be; the kind that exchanged glances and knew what the other was thinking. She and her family adopted me and allowed me to be a part of them and share their life events. Always with a ready smile, finding joy in everything, kind of heart, non-judgmental; Nancy chose me; imagine that!
I’ve been asked how long I’d known Nancy. Had I said 30 years or all my life, it would have been the same. That’s how it felt to me. I will tell you with 100% certainty that if this world holds nothing else for me, my life is still complete. I am honored to have had Nancy in my life. I am grateful that she chose me, warts and all. I am humbled by the experience. I am thankful and proud to have been in her company and that we were sisters by our own choosing. I am blessed. Nancy will always be a part of me; in my mind and in my heart. I will love her for eternity.
For my dear Nancy. Love, Connie 01/02/2019
January 2, 2019
My wife, Cookie, and I met Nancy shortly after I started working with John in 1994. Nancy was always so gracious to us, and invited us to social occasions. I’ll never forget going over to John and Nancy’s house to cook Asian food. Even though John retired years ago, when we recently saw them, Nancy greeted me like it was yesterday. She even asked about my children by name. I will miss her and her infectious smile. Our deepest sympathy, John, Liz, Melissa, Reagan and family.
Grace M. Gallegos
January 2, 2019
I met Nancy when we played tennis at the Greens. So many, many happy memories. My heart goes out to John and the children. Nancy is an amazing woman. Very happy to have known her and her family. Great cook also. My prayers to the family. Grace
Jim and Sandra Baker
December 31, 2018
We first met Nancy and John on the golf course about 10 or 12 years ago, and quickly developed a friendship which grew throughout the years. Nancy became one of our closest and dearest friends.
Nancy was determined to enjoy life to the fullest. We will always have our memories of her: her loving heart, her remarkable intellect, her special love of her family, her belief in tolerance, her gumption to defend her beliefs which we witnessed a number of times, her beautiful smile. The list could go on and on. We are thankful that she had such a good summer and fall, spending time with family and friends, and seldom missing a tee time or bridge plans.
Nancy will forever be in our hearts, and we want to remember the joy she found in her life. She gave much love to many, and many loved her. Sometime in the future, John will join us for a game of golf, and it will be a foursome because Nancy will be there in our hearts.
December 30, 2018
Nancy was a star that shined brightly wherever she would go. We met through our work experience at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. I loved Nancy and her award winning smile and whenever she hugged you she really hugged you. She adored her family and always let you know how they were doing and her competitive nature (this was a secret) lead her to putting canned goods in her coat when she joined weight watchers to weigh in so at the end of the diet she would always look good with her exceptional weight loss. What a funny girl! And that fit her personality. She was fun, sweet and generous. She hosted Christmas luncheons at her home several times for our small research group.
You could expect to have a wonderful time with her and to borrow a phrase from my son when he was young “she was one honey of a girl “. That’s how I will remember her.
December 30, 2018
My mom loved to cook. She was always inviting us over for a meal. I will never forget her beautiful smile greeting us at the door. She loved her grandchildren and I have so many wonderful memories of her coming to our house, tapping on the window next to the door to get our sons attention. Johnny would run to the window to see his nana and we would open the door to "where are my favorite grandchildren? " Ellie got to spend many days these last months seeing her nana and doing crafts and artwork with her. They had so much fun together. We will never forget her and will always hold her in our hearts.
December 29, 2018
I knew Nancy from tennis, golf and bridge. She had a competitive and vibrant spirit. I was so surprised to hear of her death because I saw her about a month ago and she was so happy that she was cancer free. It’s hard to believe that she’s gone. Rest In Peace, my friend.
December 29, 2018
I will always marvel at Nancy’s courage and spirit. This summer, during golf, Nancy never drew attention to herself, but was always cheerful and an absolute inspiration. She would say she had a choice, to play golf or stay home...as simple as that. Our group is the poorer without her.
December 27, 2018
John and Nancy were our next door neighbors in the Fairfax addition for years. They were two of the most wonderful people Marcia and I have ever known. They were both so loving, friendly and helpful whenever we needed anything. Nancy was a jewel of a person. Her smile and laugh were extraordinary in giving you a lift when you were blue. She was blessed to have one of those personalities that could make you a friend the first time you met her. I know John will truly miss her and all the things she was that completed him as a person. We will all see Nancy once again when we enter the kingdom of Heaven. God Bless John, the Simpson family, and the many loved ones and neighbors that called her a special friend and beautiful soul.