Eleanor Barker Simpson RN, DC
July 27, 1937 – May 17, 2020
A lifelong resident of Cape Cod, Massachusetts died at Cape Cod Hospital after battling Covid-19. Born and raised in Harwich, she graduated from Harwich High School in 1955. “Ellie” later married George F. Simpson of Chatham and they settled into their home in West Hyannis Port, where she was a homemaker raising her five children.
After suddenly becoming a widow in 1980, Ellie attended Cape Cod Community College where she earned her nursing degree. She worked at Cape Cod Hospital, nursing facilities and private home assignments while she continued her education at Bridgewater State College receiving her B.S. in Psychology. She then shifted her focus to addiction, recovery and rehabilitation counselling which led to her achieving her Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Leslie College. She worked for many years at Gosnold Treatment Center. Most recently and until her retirement in 2010, she was a clinician at Cape Cod Human Services.
In addition to having a passion for helping people, Ellie was a woman that enjoyed the outdoors. She loved her garden and was gifted at making flower arrangements. She enjoyed her cabin in Maine, canoeing, kayaking and of course shell fishing here on Cape Cod. Ellie was a woman of faith and was always involved in her church, Faith Assembly of God. She was a wonderful mother, proud grandmother and great grandmother. She was devoted to her family and God.
Ellie was predeceased by her husband George F. Simpson, her daughter Arlene Simpson, her sister Edna Baldwin and brother Tom Barker. She is survived by her sons George F. “Skip” Simpson and wife Lisa of West Barnstable, Matthew H. Simpson of Wolcott, VT, her daughters Holly Spicer of Falmouth and Kristin Simpson of Centerville, as well as her sister Marybelle Small and brother Albert “Bert” Barker of Harwich. She had eleven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. A private burial will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care and commitment from the nurses and staff at Cape Cod Hospital.
Eleanor Barker Simpson RN, DC
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May 23, 2020
Where do we begin! We first met Ellie back in the late 70s early 80s. Ben taught Kristen at Faith Christian Academy. Ellie invited us to dinner with the family and hosted a couple church gatherings. Ben painted the Simpson house one summer. Ellie was always so kind and thoughtful. After moving away for 18 years to the West Coast, we lost track of each other, but we were so happy to reconnect when we moved back in 2009. Ellie loved coming to Bible studies at our home in Centerville and would drive all the way to Falmouth to pick up a friend and bring her and then drive her friend all the way back. We have fond memories of Ellie introducing us to clamming and her making clam chowder for us. Ellie was talented with floral arrangements and made beautiful arrangements for our daughter's wedding and for church functions. She loved gardening and when she found out we loved rhubarb she brought us three plants along with Iris from her garden. Every spring when we are enjoying our rhubarb we thank God for beautiful Ellie. We are so blessed to have known such a beautiful kind soul. She loved God with all her heart and she lived a godly life, touching all of us who knew her.
May 21, 2020
A beautiful and a kind, kind woman. Thank you for your love to us as children. So many wonderful memories spent with Mrs. Simpson and her family. Our prayers to your family...you will see her again! Carrie, Billy & Mike Manning
May 20, 2020
I will always remember her smile. Am forever grateful she brought her daughter Kristen into the world, who she raised to be an amazing human being and a true friend. The world lost a gem, as heaven gained one. May she rest peacefully. ❤
May 20, 2020
During the late 70s, Eleanor was my first babysitter on Cape Cod when she watched my beloved son Adam (8/17/76 - 9/27/97). She influenced our lives greatly because she was so kind and compassionate. This, I attributed to her deep faith, and I returned to church with my toddler for the first time since childhood because of her influence. There, I met one of my longest and closest friends who later became my babysitter when Ellie stopped childcare to attend Cape Cod Community College. Thank you, Ellie, may you rest in peace in His arms!
May 20, 2020
We remember Ellie as a kind, loving and soft spoken lady. She was an important part of our church family for many years, and a wonderful example of a Godly Mom and Grandma. Please accept our deepest sympathies and sadness at this situation. We recently lost a family member as well, and it’s hard not to be able to gather together. We’d love to be able to join with her family and remember her when you do get together. Sincerely, Fred and Sue Loud
May 19, 2020
Kristen and Family,
My thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. I am so blessed to have known Eleanor. She made me smile in her special way every day that I was lucky to be around her in her last few months. She was always kind to me and always had a wonderful smile to greet me with. She had a wonderful way of showing her sense of humor when something was funny. She was always nurturing to those around her. She always wanted to help, a true nurse through and through. She enjoyed reading scripture during our “ Faith Fellowship” time. Her faith in God always ever present. I will always hold her close to my heart. Dear Eleanor fly high with the Angels.... and rest in sweet peace.