Ruby Joan (Jo) (Blue) Simpson

August 16, 1930 ~ November 29, 2021 (age 91)


CHARLESTON, IL – Ruby Joan (Jo) Simpson, 91, of Charleston formerly of Stewardson, Illinois passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, November 29, 2021, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to service time. Burial will follow in the Mound Cemetery. Pastor Bret Hammond will be officiating the service. Memorials in her honor may be made to the Sarah Bush Reginal Cancer Center and left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL  61920.

Joan was born August 16, 1930, in Sorento, Illinois to Martin and Ruby (Bailey) Blue. She married Bob Simpson on January 28th, 1950 in Heth, Arkansas and he preceded her on December 23, 1987. They raised two loving sons, Greg Simpson (deceased) and Doug (Linda) Simpson of Charleston, Illinois; two granddaughters, Emily (Sam) Bixby of Charleston, Illinois, and Amelia (Aaron) Doerter of Wilmington, North Carolina; five great-grandchildren, Reya Kelly, Lincoln Greg, Case Douglas, Georgia Blue, and Stevie Jo due to arrive March 2022; special sister-in-law, Sandy Severe; special nieces, Kay Amyx, Carol Gerl, and Cheryl Carpenter; and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lael Blue; three sisters, Edith Lacey, Alberta McKee, and Zella Fudge; and nephews, Bob and Marty Lacey.

Joan retired from the Coles County Court House- Supervisor Assessment Office where she worked as a secretary for many years. She was a member of Community Church in Charleston and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was a proud supporter of Charleston Cemetery Association, Indian Tribes, Disabled Veterans, and local police/fire departments. She would also support the Veterans and was passionate about attending the Veteran Memorial Services throughout the years. In her early married years, square dancing was a frequent activity shared by her and Bob. She loved journaling, scrapbooking, going on car rides, and taking care of the squirrels and birds. She had a love for her family and friends and wouldn’t miss a game night, kids or grandkids activities, or her class reunions. Most importantly her family was always her number one and she will be greatly missed by all of them.

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December 2, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Charleston)

Funeral Service
December 2, 2021

1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Charleston)

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