Paula "Melaine" Hermeone Simpson

June 24, 1930October 10, 2020
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Paula “Melaine” Hermeone Simpson

Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” Dignity, integrity, faith and strength are words that describe Paula “Melaine” Hermeone Simpson—beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend. Paula (affectionately known as “Melaine” and “Melanie”) was born in Sherwood Forest, Portland Parish, Jamaica on June 24, 1930 to Clementina Elizabeth Harris. She was blessed to be adopted by her grandfather, Vernal Harris. She was the first of nine children. Through her loving and supportive family, Paula inherited a legacy of compassion, service, generosity, loyalty, and dedication. Paula was the epitome of a godly and virtuous woman—strong in her faith and anchored in Jesus Christ, even to the end. As an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, she held many positions over the years and last served at Patmos SDA Church with Adventist Community Services. Paula married the love of her life, Headley Simpson and they have been together for over sixty years. They had three children: Paul Everton, Howard Emmanuel(deceased) and Jacqueline Angelia. Paula attended primary and secondary school in Jamaica. She often reflected on her life changing experiences at West Indies Training College. She taught at Happy Grove Elementary School in Portland, Jamaica and later migrated to London, England to start a new career in nursing. Paula was a dedicated nurse for sixty years of her life. After her nursing training and subsequent work in London, she crossed the waters and landed in New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science from St. Francis College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Santa Monica. She worked faithfully at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. After retiring from Kingsbrook, Paula moved to Florida and continued to work and volunteer in the healthcare field. While in Florida, Paula happily opened a store during what was supposed to be her retirement. “Paula’s Adorable Crafts” was launched and it was amazing. She sold beautiful crafts of all descriptions and was pleased that so many customers appreciated her talents. In 2011, Paula with her husband, Headley, journeyed to Maryland so that they could be closer to their immediate family. It was there that Paula joined the O’Malley Senior Center and became very active. She taught knitting and crocheting classes there and made many friends. Since 2017, Paula became a resident of Lorien Nursing Home in Elkridge. Maintaining a positive attitude, she participated in several activities and yet again showed her love for crafts. Paula also loved gardening, sewing, and cooking. One could always count on Paula to share items from her garden and trees such as: oranges, grapefruits, mint, thyme, callaloo, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Her escovitch fish, curried chicken and red peas soup, were family favorites. Paula was a “people person” and would always radiate light once she entered any room. That’s just who she was. Growing up on a farm, Paula loved all animals especially horses. Along with her husband, and family, she enjoyed travelling all over the world. Paula cherished her four grandchildren, Kenneth, Nicolas, Brandon and Sedona. They were the apples of her eye. Paula touched many lives. We will miss her dearly. She is survived by her husband, Headley Simpson and two children, Paul Simpson(Sandra) and Jacqueline Farquharson(Andre); four grandchildren, Kenneth, Nicolas, Brandon and Sedona; four siblings in Jamaica-Clarice, Anita, Dassel, and Caroline Elizabeth ,and one sibling in England-Ewan. Paula will be remembered by a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces grandnephews, cousins, family and friends that cherish her dearly. Paula is preceded in death by Her mother: Clementina Elleston; Her Grandfather: Vernal Harris Her Stepdad: James Elleston; Her Son: Howard ; and Her Sisters: May, Violet Rose and Lillian. Due to COVID-19, Paula's Services and Interment will be private but please feel free to join the Services livestreamed on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:55 am through Paula's website page at or Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park Facebook page.


23 October

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

2679 - Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home

7250 Washington Blvd
Elkridge, MD 21075

23 October

Committal Service & Interment

1:45 pm

Meadowridge Memorial Park


Paula "Melaine" Hermeone Simpson

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Margaret Myers

October 23, 2020

To Jackie:
My condolences on the passing of your Mom. May her soul Rest In Peace!

Love and peace!

Margaret Myers

Myrtle Hughes Wright

October 23, 2020

I remember gathering for Sedona’s baby blessing. Mama Paula was visiting from Florida. I remember she had everyone sitting in the living room laughing so hard some of us were crying.

Then I remember visiting her many years later in Lorien. Same humor and straight talk with no apologies. You always knew where she stood on any topic. 😊

This was her. Big personality. Life of the party. Sharp witted and honest. She will be sorely missed. I will cherish my memories of Mama Paula.

Sophia Bailey-Larsen

October 23, 2020

I was born in London, thanks to my Aunty Paula - She invited my mother, Caroline, to live in the uk as a teenager. She was the first Aunty I ever met.

My first plane trip was at the age of 8, visiting Aunty Paula in New York. I called my big cousins, my uncles and aunty. Until this day I still say Uncle Paul. My aunty had a ginger kitten and I fell in love, that stemmed a life long love of cats though I wasn’t allowed to have one. Aunty Paula let me play with the cat whenever I wanted to. This was my best summer as a child.

The next time I saw Aunty Paula, was for mums wedding, we shared a room. At the age of 14, I was still afraid of the dark and couldn’t sleep without the light on but my aunty would not hear of it. The first night, we had to switch it off. I was scared but she let me see there was nothing to be afraid of and I never needed to sleep with a light on again. Thanks aunty, faith is always stronger than fear.

My daughters, first holiday ever was to visit Aunty in Oviedo, Florida. They still talk about the size of the fruits she grew. Aunty gave us a tissue box holder she had made and I still have it, you have to treasure the things a loved one makes you by hand.

Even at retirement age, Aunty worked hard as a nurse and never complained as she loved to help people. One day my friend had hurt his knee playing basketball. Aunty lovingly wrapped that knee like he was a little boy, I remember the image even now as aunty was a little lady and he was 6 foot 8 inches tall, sitting like a child while aunty dressed his knee. I couldn´t stop laughing, It was so sweet.

The last time we spoke I was in Jamaica, Aunty had retired to Washington DC and we talked on the phone. She told me I should stay in touch more and not forget her. I could never forget you Aunty Paula, I will always be grateful for the impact you have had on my life and we will always love and miss you.

May your smiling soul, rest in blissful peace.

Love from Sophia, Genea and Cleopatra

Jeremiah Cox

October 22, 2020

My memories of Mrs. Paula Simpson derive from our ten-year stint working together in the Emergency Department of the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in the 1970’s. The friendships formed during those years among the team she led carried over into the ensuing years and were a huge benefit to our extended families. We share in the loss of this esteemed princess.

Besides being a consummate professional in discharging her nursing duties, Paula was an effervescent, vivacious and amicable person who spread plenty of goodwill and love to her coworkers. She adored her family and spoke endearingly of her husband, children, and grand parents who raised her.

My wife and I enjoyed our association with Paula and her family. We visited her and Headley in Oviedo, Florida, a few years ago, and then again more recently in the assisted living facility in Maryland. It was great fun reminiscing about the experiences of former years.

We are thankful to Jackie for helping us to stay connected with her mom, and grateful to God for the years he lent her to us. She was a woman of faith and we look forward to continuing our friendship with her in the world to come. Our deepest condolences to the immediate and extended families; our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Carlyle Thomas

October 21, 2020

Thank you aunt Paula for everything you done for me I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you before you pass SIP Auntie Love You

Marcia Elleston

October 18, 2020

As a child growing with my grandparents I distinctly remember my aunt living overseas. At that time I was the youngest child in the household. I would look forward especially on Christmas time to see my aunt coming to Jamaica. I am sure of getting a big doll that could walk and talk. I am sure of beautiful dresses and slippers and shoes one never seen in Jamaica at that time.As a child I was very show off with my goodies. Also I remember she would take some unusual sweets and chocolate for us. Omg those days.
One thing I remember about my aunt she had a beautiful smile and she was family oriented. No matter what she was always there to assist with funerals or weddings. She is always present.
I migrated from Jamaica and tell myself I have to see her so in June of 2019 after so many years I had the opportunity to be a part of her birthday celebration.. Today I am so blessed I got to see her 89th birthday. Those memories will always be with me for the time we spent together.
You are at peace
Your soul is at rest
We are so blessed with your kindness and love
For all those many years
You will be greatly missed
Sleep on in eternal peace my dear aunt.
Sleep and take your rest
Love you.

Debbie Cooke

October 17, 2020

Mrs. Simpson (mom) was delightful, elegant, assertive, and kind. She was one of a kind! Very hospitable, humourous, engaging, and a great cook. My favourite dish was her escovitch fish. She loved people, cared about them, and she showed it! Her love for art and craft was extended to my family with a beautiful green towel set she embroidered for us over twenty years ago and still going strong. With "mom" there was never a dull moment. My friendship with her darling & dedicated daughter Jackie, caused her to call me her daughter back in the 1990s. I loved mom and will miss her. Jackie, I dedicated this song to you sis, by Yolanda Adams, "The Battle is Not Yours!" May this song encourage you through those rough times. Hugs & embrace 💕💕💕🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💐
Our condolences to you Jackie (Andre), Paul (his wife & children), Brandon & Sedona, siblings, and other family & friends. May God's peace keep you all during this challenging time; He loves you all immensely!
From my family with all our love. Debbie, Denise, Rob, Ricky & Jaden.
Jesus Christ, the hope of glory!
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Granette Trent

October 17, 2020

Mrs. Simpson befriended my mom a resident at Lorien Elkridge nursing facility and me as well. My mother has memory issues and Mrs. Simpson helped my mother. I will never forget the kindness that she has shown to my mother, my sister and I. My mom needed her friendship. I will never forgot how she prayed with my mom and helped her even as she struggled with her own health challenges. She will be greatly missed.


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