Carol Ruth Simpson, 72, of Grants Pass, passed away Friday, March 7, after a long battle with cancer.
Simpson was born Aug. 16, 1941, in Okanagan, Wash., to Rex and Ruth Houtz. She started grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in Izee. After her father died in a logging accident, she moved with her mother and sister to John Day, where they lived for a brief period before settling in Burns. She graduated from Burns High School in 1959, and attended Eastern Oregon State College (now University) for two years. She transferred to Western Oregon State College (now University) and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1963. Upon graduation, she moved from Burns to Grants Pass, where she began her career by teaching first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School.
On July 25, 1965, in Grants Pass, she married Ferris Simpson. They enjoyed traveling, and toured Europe in the summer 1966. They had two sons, and spent many hours at soccer and basketball games, cross-country meets and other athletic events that their boys were involved in. She taught in Grants Pass for more than 30 years, with the majority of that time being at Highland Elementary School. Although she retired in 1998, she spent many years after that at Highland Elementary School substitute teaching, volunteering, and visiting with friends. She attended Edgewater Christian Fellowship and was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Upon retiring, she and her husband traveled to five continents. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, crafts, gardening, sewing, volunteering in her grandchildren’s classrooms, and trips to the Oregon coast. She especially enjoyed spending time at her cabin on the Rogue River in Union Creek, and was always up for a trip to the Oregon coast. In the 50-plus years Carol lived in Grants Pass, she never forgot her Eastern Oregon roots, and loved visiting her sister and nieces who reside there.
She is survived by her husband, Ferris Simpson; two sons, Scott of Eugene, and Craig of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce.
A memorial service was held March 15 at Edgewater Christian Fellowship, with private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.since1928hull.com. Contributions may be made to Edgewater Christian Fellowship, 101 Assembly Circle, Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to the American Cancer Society, 31 W. Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.