Betty Sue Simpson
June 12, 1932 – April 30, 2021
Betty Simpson was born in Hartshorne, Oklahoma on June 12, 1932 to Virgie Mae and John Wesley Baker. She passed from this life on April 30, 2021. She had two sisters, Laura Lou and Irene, and a brother, Wilburn. During her younger years, her family lived in Florence, Colorado, and Galena Park, Texas. They later moved back to Florence, where she completed high school as valedictorian of the class of 1949. A few years after the death of her father, Betty and her mother moved back to Galena Park to be near her sister Irene and husband Joe Zavislan. Just weeks after her move, she met the love of her life, Welton Simpson. They married in 1953 after a whirlwind three-month courtship and remained inseparable for sixty-seven years until he passed away in September of last year following a brief illness.
Betty/Mimi/’Betty Sue Sue’ was a life-long devoted Christian and was most recently a member of the Southside Church of Christ in Pasadena, Texas. She loved her family dearly, especially her grandkids and great-grandson, and was very fond of animals, most of all dogs and birds. Those who knew her well will fondly recall her numerous Chihuahuas over the years, her extensive Snoopy collection and the seemingly endless supply of most every species of ceramic bird available. She was an excellent cook, taught by her mom, and was famous for her chocolate chip cookies. Betty had a wonderfully talented soprano singing voice. She and Welton were prolific whistlers and continually amused their grandkids with this talent. Though not so much in recent years, she was also quite the poet and wrote many poems during her lifetime, with most of the subjects having been about family, close friends, and thoughts from the Bible.
Betty retired from USI/Quantum Chemicals after 25 years of service. She began working there as the Plant Manager’s secretary and eventually moved into the accounting department where she was known for her meticulous math skills. After retirement, she and Welton moved to Mountain View, Arkansas in 1990 where she helped him build their dream home on 45 acres. She was a member of the Mountain View Volunteer Firefighters and also taught children’s Bible classes at Eastside Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and brother, and by her husband Welton and their son, Daniel. She is survived by two sons, Welton Simpson, Jr and wife Sharon, Robert Simpson and wife Jan, daughter-in-law Kathleen Simpson, grandchildren Lindsey, Lacey and husband Tyler Baker, Noah, Kyle, Cole, and Braden Simpson, Cameron and Colin Strieder, and great grandson Henry Baker. She also had a special relationship with Greg Goodman, who she affectionately called her “4th son”.
Betty will be laid to rest in the coming days alongside her husband at the Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Abilene, Texas.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021