Naomi Simpson

Naomi SimpsonNaomi Ruth Simpson, 82, of Quincy, formerly of Rushville, died at 8 a.m. Feb. 20, 2009, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

She was born June 18, 1926, a daughter of Azro Gale and Violet Irene Tarr Harrison in Golden. She married Romeo Palverne Simpson on Jan. 21, 1948, in Bowen. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Gregory (and Kathy) Simpson of South Jacksonville and Rodney (and Pam) Simpson of Florrissant, Mo.; one brother, Claire “Jack” Harrison of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister, Elva Harrison Melvin of Golden; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Norma Jane Harrison Eichhorn of Augusta.

She graduated from Augusta High School and helped teach at Center School, a one room school near Birmingham.

During World War II, she worked as a bookkeeper for Moormans Feed in Quincy.

In 1956, she and Romie moved to Rushville to open Simpson Cleaners, which they operated for 16 years. After selling the dry cleaning business, she worked as a pharmacy technician for Roberts Pharmacy and Moreland and Devitt Drug Store.

She was a member of Rushville First United Methodist Church; a former member of Rushville Business and Professional Women’s Club; and was an Illinois Certified Pharmacy Technician.

She was active with the Rushville Senior Center and a member of the Some “R” Set card club and delivered meals to senior citizens.

Services were held Monday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Steve Pichaske officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler Senior Center.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/25/2009