CUYAHOGA FALLS Delores A. Simpson, 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 5, 2017 with her husband by her side. She was born August 31, 1928 in Fairmont, WV, daughter of the late James and Alberta Kelly Alkire.
She is survived by her husband Robert O. Simpson of Cuyahoga Falls; son Charles R. (Ellen) Simpson of Dubai and daughter Cynthia D.(Mark) Blaser of Cuyahoga Falls; grandchildren Bradley Blaser of Boston, MA, Bonnie (James) Blaser-Garrison of Columbus, OH, Jacqueline Simpson of Los Angeles, CA and Robert Simpson of Los Angeles, CA; great-grandchildren Hannah and Claire Blaser and Eloise Garrison; sister Normal Leidel of Mogadore, OH; brother James (Sally) Alkire of Akron, OH; along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was a graduate of Central High School in Akron, OH and the University of Akron where she met the love of her life, Robert, in the university marching band. Delores worked in the field of education as a teacher, counselor and principal, primarily with Akron Public Schools.
Delores was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed watching her family pursue their various interests. She went to plays, concerts, award assemblies and graduations. She spent many hours in the heat, cold, rain and snow on the sidelines of baseball, softball and soccer fields. Her love of travel was shared with the entire family who spent many vacations together on the beach, cruising the Caribbean and Greek Islands and exploring Scotland from a castle overlooking the banks of Loch Lomond. Delores and her husband of 66 years also traveled with friends or made new friends on trips that took them to all 7 continents. They were excited to try new things such as snake wine in Vietnam, yak milk in the Gobi Desert and taking a zodiac boat to land on the beach in Antarctica to walk with penguins. Her passion for travel has created a legacy for her children and grandchildren.
Delores was active in her church and community. She belonged to and was president of the First United Methodist Women of Cuyahoga Falls. She was a tireless student, volunteer and patron at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center spending many hours setting up and hosting art shows. Delores was a kind, caring woman who was generous to those around her. Along with her husband, she lived her life to the fullest with an adventurous spirit and love of life.
The funeral services will be at 1 pm on Saturday, July 8, in the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery following the service. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Sunrise Senior Living of Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the United Methodist Women of Cuyahoga Falls, the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center or Harbor Light Hospice.
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