Aug. 7, 1929 — May 9, 2014
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Mary E. Simpson passed away at her home in Pollock Pines surrounded by her family on May 9, 2014, after a long battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her loving children, David (Sue) Simpson of Oregon, Steven (Barb) Simpson of Pollock Pines, Jim Simpson of San Jose and John Simpson of Pollock Pines. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Lee; her sister, Jean Kenney; and brother, Jim Dougherty. She was the beloved grandmother of Kelly, Danny, Brian, Emily, Stephanie, Jes and Marley; and great-grandmother of Lucas and Cameron. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished.
Mary was born in Sacramento on Aug. 7, 1929. She attended San Jose State, where she received her degree and met her husband, Lee, on a blind date. She and Lee married and lived and worked in Campbell, Calif., for many years until moving to Pollock Pines in 1989. She enjoyed reading, music, travel and book club meetings and was an active member of the Dogwood Garden Club of Pollock Pines. She served on the Board of Directors of the Gold Ridge Forest Property owners Association and was a volunteer at Snowline Hospice Thrift stores. She touched many lives and is often described by those she encountered as a kind, intelligent, strong and elegant lady.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 24, at the Gold Ridge Forest Lodge, 4101 Opal Trail in Pollock Pines. Private inurnment will be held at the Fair Oaks Cemetery in Fair Oaks, Calif. Contributions in Mary’s name may be made to Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County, 2520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619 or online at snowlinehospice.org. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home in Placerville, Calif.