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Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL

OBITUARY

Clara Vivian Simpson

March 26, 1940June 19, 2020
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Clara Vivian Simpson, 80, of Cincinnati, Ohio, but longtime resident of Fairview Heights, Illinois, passed away Friday, June 19th, 2020.

Clara was born March 26, 1940 in DuQuoin, Illinois to Frank and Lucille (nee Morgenthaler) Lows. After attending Southern Illinois University, Clara went on to teach English for 32 years with a majority of her years at O’Fallon High School until she retired in June of 1994. During her career she also earned a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois. Clara and Howard enjoyed their life on the lake and opened up their home to many people along the way. They always made you feel as if you were on vacation. Clara’s hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, walking and watching Cardinals games with Howard. She also enjoyed spending many summers in Colorado and traveling to visit her grandkids throughout the year. Clara was a very involved member at Westview Baptist Church along with belonging to many groups: Red Hat Society, Belleville Literary Club, Society and the Has Beens. Above all else, her favorite thing to do was to spend time with her family, from the countless hours spent driving and watching Jennifer play tennis to supporting Chris at WestPoint and through his Army career. Her grandkids remember her love of Gymboree, reading books, mandatory swim lessons with Ms. Gayle and the many hours of marbles and monopoly. Clara was selfless, kind and a friend to all.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, sister Freda Hummel and brother Raymond Lows. Clara is survived by husband of 58 years, Howard Simpson; siblings sister Bonnie (Keith) Livesay, of Salem, Illinois, brother Richard (Rita) Lows, of Comanche, Texas; children daughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Mogge of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois and son, Christopher (Molly) Simpson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren Keely Mogge (18), Conner Mogge (16), Delaney Mogge (13), Madeline Simpson (18), Nicholas Simpson (14) and Finian Simpson(11); and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, July 3rd, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois. Funeral will be Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at 12:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Westview Baptist Church Vacation Bible School or the Alzheimer Association.

In following guidelines for restrictions for Covid 19, please wear mask if you will be attending services.

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    Friday, July 3, 2020

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    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Maudrie Hatcher, Director of Nursing

July 2, 2020

What a blessing it has been to care for Clara, as well as Howard. I enjoyed many conversations with Clara about her family, being a mother, and grandmother. She was very proud of her family, and loved all of you very much. Thank you for sharing her with, and trusting our staff at Alois to care for her.

Mary Finn

July 2, 2020

Such a beautiful lady! Miss her very much

Dale Ahle

July 2, 2020

Mrs. Simpson was my high school English teacher. I’ve often thought of her and the way she taught me to write a thesis. She realized I was very process oriented and showed me the structure of paragraphs and sentences with transitions. I was able to proficiency out of English I and II in college and taught all three of my kids this process in grade school. I named it “the rules of three” because most papers needed a minimum of three paragraphs with three sentences plus an opening and closing paragraph. Here is how this works:

Start off with an outline by organizing your thoughts into three or more common groups. Make sure you have at least three topics per group. Each group will become your paragraphs and each topic will become sentences.

Next label each group. This will be used for the first sentence of each paragraph to tell the reader what you are writing about. This will also be used as the last sentence of the previous paragraph to transition, as well as a sentence in you opening paragraph, as on overview, and a closing paragraph to conclude your point. I cannot tell you the numerous times this has helped me throughout my life and anyone I helped with homework. Clara Simpson made an impact on many lives and will be missed.

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Cardinal fans forever!

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Fun times with the Gregsons at our grandparents pool

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Cousin Susan's wedding

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Grandma loved reading to all of her grand kids

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Cardinal fans forever!

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Fun times with the Gregsons at our grandparents pool

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Cousin Susan's wedding

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Grandma loved reading to all of her grand kids

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I love you mom!

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