Esther Ida Simpson, 96Esther Ida Simpson (nee Porter), age 96, of Hudson, Wis., formerly of Roberts, passed away on Sept. 19 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Esther Ida Simpson (nee Porter), age 96, of Hudson, Wis., formerly of Roberts, passed away on Sept. 19 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Ida was born on April 23, 1916, to Spencer and Mary (McLean) Porter in Elstow, Saskatchewan. After graduating high school in Roberts, she married Lynos Simpson on Sept. 19, 1936, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson.
For over 20 years, Ida worked for United Refrigeration where she was the first woman ever to work there. Ida was a fantastic baker and cook. Along with that, she enjoyed sewing and made many items of clothing for her children and grandchildren. Above all, family was her life, and she was described as a helpful, generous, and caring person.
Ida is survived by her children, MaryAnn Reed, Richard Simpson, Carol (David) Boles, and Gerald Simpson; grandchildren, Marcel Jr. (Patty) Hoaglan, Misty (Tom) Frederick, Melody (Roger) Anderson, Richard Simpson Jr., Lonny Simpson, Chad Simpson, Shawn Simpson, Brandon Simpson, Lisa (Tony) Rambo, Scott (Becky) Simpson, Tracy (Richie) Prescott, Brandon Ellefson, and Kayla Baron; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Hattie Wagner; along with many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lynos; and brother, Spencer Porter Jr.
A visitation for Ida was held on Friday, Sept. 21, at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson. Funeral service was held at on Saturday, Sept. 22, at People's Congregation Church in Bayport. Interment at Willow River Cemetery.
Services were in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 715-386-3725, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.
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