Mildred Joan Myrtle Simpson (née Sanders) was born August 13, 1923 at home on the farm at Ruthilda, SK to parents Arthur and Dorothy Sanders. She was the third of six children. She passed away on August 7, 2021 six days before turning 98 years old.
She married James Henry Simpson of Herschel on March 29, 1946. They lived a couple years in the Herschel area, then moved to the farm at Rosetown where they resided until moving to town in 1989.
Mom is survived by her daughters Wendy (David) Brigham, Rebecca, and Gregory (Brittany); Brenda Denning, Amanda (Eric) Kobley; and Sandra (Don) Morgan, great granddaughters Brooke Moreside and Hadley and Andie Brigham, one brother Russel (Jane) Sanders of Ruthilda as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband James in 2002, her parents and in-laws, four siblings Wilfred (Jean) Sanders, Doris (Jim) Robbie, Edwin (Eileen) and Allan (Shirley) Sanders, sisters in-law Alma (Bud) McTavish and Annie (George) Bartusek, brothers in-law Charles (Mary), Thomas (Gertrude), William (Violet), Ernest (Cecilia) and Gordon (Loretta) Simpson as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mom worked hard all her life and lived to do everything for her children and grandchildren and the great grandchildren were the sparkle of her eye. She was always worried about others and always asked how you were doing. With Dad, they took their family on many trips across Canada and America. Mom was rigid in routine - wash day Monday, iron Tuesday, water plants Thursday, bake and work in the mornings and coffee in the afternoon. Mom had the cleanest house around even when 90 years old, she moved the furniture to vacuum on Thursday.
Mom was the Buttertart Queen, there were many tussles over ‘who took my tart’ or who got more tarts. Mom enjoyed her yard and flowers, many ribbons were won at horticulture shows. There was lots of freezing and canning of garden produce - we especially liked chokecherry jelly and applesauce. Mom was an artist; she did many paintings which she only took up in later years. She had them on display at the local art show one year. She enjoyed crafts and sculpting, she did upholstery which was self taught as well and sewing and quilting were a favorite. She sewed all kinds of clothes and often had her girls in matching dresses to go downtown when young. She made us all several quilts and many at church quilt group which she enjoyed. Also knitting - we had many sweaters etc. knit for us and lots of doll clothes and upholstered doll furniture etc.
Mom liked Queen Elizabeth II and had quite a collection of royal memorabilia - books, pictures, china etc. She always remembered seeing the Queen Mother on her trip to Canada in 1939. It was also a highlight to meet Prince Edward when he was in Saskatoon 10 years ago.
Mom was a computer whiz. She could show us how to navigate the net or print pictures etc. Mom saw many changes happen in her lifetime - airplanes, spaceships, trips to space and the moon, party line phones, sky scraper buildings, computers, then laptops, mobile phones in a bag, then pocket phones that could take pictures and be a computer. She took her first trip on an airplane was when she was 86 years old to Victoria with the girls.
Mom has left us with so many memories and love and will be forever remembered.
The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Alfred Ernst for his many years of care and to all the caring loving staff at Orange Memories Care Home where Mom lived.
The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rosetown United Church with Reverend Jo-Ann Hills officiating. Interment followed in the Rosetown Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Millie may be made to the Alex Ositis Foundation, P.O. Box 1251, Rosetown, SK, S0L 2V0.
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