Dana "Dink" Simpson

October 27, 1921November 14, 2020

Dana “Dink” Simpson

Dana “Dink” Simpson, 99, of Greeley went home to the Lord on November 14, 2020. She was born on October 27, 1921 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dana’s father worked for the railroad in the 1920’s and because she was so tiny, he gave her the nickname Dink after a small locomotive that was called the Dinky train. She went by “Dink” all her life.

Dink met her husband, Raymond, at church. Since he was serving in World War II, he proposed by sending her a ring in the mail. They were married on April 30, 1943 while he was on a short leave before departing for Europe. As a young bride, she did her part to serve our country by working in an ammunition factory until he returned.

Dink and Ray’s three children were all born in Little Rock, Arkansas. They moved their family to Greeley in 1958. She was the best mom any child could ever want. She loved her God, church, husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with all her heart and served them all the days of her life. They were members of SunnyView Church of the Nazarene, now Celebration Pointe, where she taught toddlers Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, babysitting, crocheting, reading and puzzles.

Dink is survived by her daughters Judy Banz of Greeley and Shirley (Jim) Ertel of Monument, Colorado, along with six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray, and a son, Don “OJ” Simpson.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, in Greeley on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Social distancing will be followed and masks are required. Live-streaming can be viewed at . Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.

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  • Judy Banz, Daughter
  • Shirley & Jim Ertel, Daughter & Son-In-Law
  • Dink is also by survived six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020



  • Interment


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Joanne Donovan

November 21, 2020

I'm so glad I was able to watch the live stream funeral service for Dink from my home in TX and be able to see faces of her family and church family. I am honored to have been part of her church family for 39 years before moving to TX in 2014 and I still have the cross bookmark that she gave to me. I was also accepted as part of her family and I am grateful for her love and that of her family. I will always miss her Sun. morning hugs and her uncondtional love.

Joan Vogel

November 20, 2020

Not only was "Dink" the best mom any child could have, she was also the best "babysitter" any child could have. Dink was my son's (Nathan) babysitter for many years. What a privilege it was to have her loving care and then her friendship for many more years. She was such a dear Christian woman. I will miss her.

Nathan Vogel

November 20, 2020

Today I read these words and easily remember Mrs. Simpson: "...she is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds." Mrs. Simpson blessed my entire life for years as an early example of Christ when I was a child in her day care. I still remember 'tomato soup and grilled cheese' for lunch! She is missed but Heaven rejoices and we will see her again!

Jim Christy

November 19, 2020

Dink's death brings back many memories. She had a wonderful way of loving children as she helped them develop skills that lasted a lifetime. She knew how to grown string green beans to can for winter in sparkling clean jars. She was a friend with a firm quiet faith in Jesus Christ. Heaven has welcomed home a servant who lived well. Jim Christy

Nathan Drake

November 17, 2020

Theres so many wonderful memories of Grandma Dink! From the day i first met her, to the day she left us, i will never forget her gentle spirit. She always had a smile and a big ‘HEYYY’ whenever we got to see her! At each and every meal she would always be watching my plate to add a little extra green beans, or whatever she knew i needed.

Grandma- I will miss your amazing heart and sweet smile. But even more so, your love of our Father in heaven! Love you


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