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Obituaries · December 07, 2012



Donna M. Simpson, 77, of West Liberty died suddenly Friday November 30, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. Visitation was Tuesday at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty, with a Christian Wake Service. Burial was in the North Prairie Cemetery in West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, West Liberty Community Center or West Liberty Fire and Rescue Unit.

Donna was born Sept. 26, 1935, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Blanche Benson Olson. She was a graduate of Grinnell High School in the Class of 1952. On Feb. 5, 1955, she was united in marriage to James Alfred Simpson in Grinnell. The couple lived in several Iowa towns due to Jim working for the Rock Island Railroad, finally settling in West Liberty in 1965.

She was employed with Hargrave-McEleney Motors and preceeding dealerships in Iowa City for more than 40 years as cashier, bookkeeper and then office manager, retiring in December 2000. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty.

For several years, Donna volunteered at the West Liberty Senior Dining Center, where she also was the senior group representative for the Community Centerís Board of Directors. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, plus she enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson, Mo., and New York City, to see all of the musical shows. Donna also loved cooking, puzzles and especially enjoyed all of her family.

Survivors include three children, daughter Luann (Bill) Hoffman of Hollywood, Florida; son Randy (Lisa) Simpson of New Boston, Ill., and their children, Ryan (Crystal) Simpson of Peoria, Ariz., and Andrew, at home; and daughter Karla (Stan) Boruff of Illinois City, Ill., and their children, Nicholas (Marissa) Boruff of Illinois City, Alyssa Boruff of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Taylor, at home. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Natalie and Garrett Boruff of Illinois City and Parker James Simpson of Peoria; brother Larry (Phyllis) Olson of Algona, Iowa; brother-in-law Tom (Darla) Simpson of Grinnell; sister-in-law Barbara Schmidt of Grinnell; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim in 1995, and two brothers: LaVerne Olson and Richard Olson.

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