Lillie Bell Simpson, age 98, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, March 23, 2022, at her home at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living in Gaylord.
She was born on August 9, 1923, at home in Elmira Township, Michigan, to Raymond and Ellen (Olund) Moorehead. She was the fourth of their eight children. As a young girl, she attended the Shaff one-room schoolhouse in the Elmira area, and later Elmira School and Gaylord High School.
During WWII, Lillie Bell helped the war effort in Saginaw, by working in the gun and ammunition division, building armory for the military. After the war, she returned to Gaylord where she spent the remainder of her long life.
In 1947, she married the love of her life, Calvin “Red” Simpson, and together they raised seven children. They were busy parents attending school programs, sporting events, and fundraisers. As a dedicated homemaker, Lillie Bell was a great cook, Especially for holiday meals. She also canned many jars of fruits, jams and jellies, and vegetables for the long winters.
Both Red and Lillie Bell were members of the First United Methodist Church and were very active with the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Eagles Auxiliary, Gaylord Chapter # 1825. She served in many Auxiliary leadership positions over the years and provided thousands of volunteer hours for activities and events at the Eagles Hall.
With her incredible vivid memory until her death, she contributed valuable historical information for news articles and accurate recollections of early Gaylord years, through. interviews with the Otsego County Historical Society.
Lillie Bell is survived by her seven children, Larry (Elaine) Simpson, Charles (Sheila) Simpson, Judy (Dennis) Fuson, Kathleen (Dwain) Skowronski, Carla Simpson, Gail (Michael) Dibble, and Alfred (Jackie) Simpson; 17 grandchildren and their spouses; 29 great-grandchildren; her brother, Carl Moorehead; sister, Nina Edwards; sister-in-law, Gloria Moorehead; many nieces and nephews; and numerous Eagle member friends who all remember her with fondness.
Lillie Bell was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Red; brothers, Lester and Raymond Jr; and sisters, Eleanor, Martha, and Shirley.
The family extends deep gratitude to the staff at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and Hospice of Michigan, for their attentive and kind care of Lillie Bell.
At this time, the family has chosen to remember Lillie Bell privately. There will be a memorial gathering on June 11, 2022, at the Eagles Hall in Gaylord, following a 12:00 pm internment at Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord.
Please share your memories and personal messages at www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
Posted online on March 29, 2022
Published in Gaylord Herald