W. Marie Simpson - age 72 of Polo, MO and formerly of St. Joseph, MO passed away Friday morning, July 2nd, 2021 at Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron, MO. Marie was born on October 20th, 1948 the daughter of Willard and Helen (Wilson) Wells in St. Joseph, MO. On July 31st, 1982 she was united in marriage to Ray Simpson. Marie held several jobs over the years to pay the bills, but the most important was that of homemaker and caretaker. She collected Mickey Mouse, Indian and Western collectibles. Marie enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour books and watching Gunsmoke. She also enjoyed flowers, gardening, and country music. Marie was a “straight shooter” and always told it like it was. Marie was not only a caregiver for her own children, but for the neighborhood children and she helped raise her brothers and sisters after their father passed away. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, TJ Wells, Johnny Wells, Harry Mitchell and Richard Wells. Survivors include her husband, Ray of the home; children, Karen (Ray) Steltenpohl of St. Joseph, Melody Jo (Dan) Morton of St. Joseph, Tony (Shelley) Woolard of St. Joseph, Jackie (Brian) Yandell of Plattsburg; sister, Marilyn Andersen of St. Joseph; sister, Genny (Gerry) Simmons of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Wilma (Fred) Fleck of Minnesota; brother, Kenny (Michelle) Wells of Forsyth; stepchildren, Ranae Smith of Canyon City, CO, Ramon Simpson of Lincoln, NE and Robert Simpson of Colorado; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members and best friend, Elonka Carter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Noyes Home for Children or the favorite animal shelter of your choice in care of the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 7 PM, Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo. The family will receive friends one-hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends may call after 9 AM Wednesday at the funeral Home. Burial at a later date at Zimmerman Cemetery south of Polo. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo. (660) 354-2214. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com
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