1929 - April 20, 2010
Evelyn Lee Simpson, a longtime Craig resident, died April 20, 2010, following a brief illness. She was 81.
Evelyn Lee Chandler Simpson was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Burlington, the daughter of Earl Henry and Edith Lee (Pemberton) Simpson. She was raised and attended school in Denver until she was 17, at which time her family moved to Hayden.
Evelyn married Kenneth Theodore Simpson on Oct. 6, 1946, in Hayden.
They became the parents of three children, Janet, Peggy and Robert.
While in Hayden, Evelyn was active in the Ladies Home Demonstration Club and the Civic Women’s Club. She was a member of a ladies upholstery group at Hayden Congregational Church, and also worked as a cook at the Hayden hospital.
In 1964, Evelyn and her family moved to Craig. Evelyn worked at a bakery and later at Valley View Manor Nursing Home, where she was a cook and dietician for 15 years.
Evelyn was active in 4-H and helped with the Routt County Fair as her children grew up, and she enjoyed playing cards, cooking, gardening and going with her family on camping and fishing trips. She was always eager to try new recipes, and made an afghan for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Evelyn and Ken had spent the winters for many years in Casa Grande, Ariz., where they made many lasting friendships.
She is survived by her daughters, Janet Brown, of Craig, and Peggy (Michael) Hough, of Craig; son Robert Simpson and his friend, Dan Williams, of Denver; grandchildren Charlynne (Ken) Wondra, of Casper, Wyo., Melissa Hough, of Richmond, Va., Scott (Toni) Brown, of Montrose, Eric Hough, of Cortez, Sheli (Brett) Steele, of Craig, and Ben Hough, of Craig; great grandchildren Haley, Cassidy and Judi Hough, Aubrey Savage, Michael and Sophie Hough, Gabriella, Jaiden and Reina Steel, Coley and Travis Wondra, and Taylor and Madison Brown; and a brother in Oregon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; and brother Robert Chandler and his four children.
A funeral service was April 23, 2010, at The Grant Mortuary Chapel with Gay Albers officiating. Brett Steele sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Pallbearers were Ken, Coley and Travis Wondra, Scott Brown, Ben Hough and Brett Steele. Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Evelyn Simpson Memorial Fund in care of Grant Mortuary.