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02/05/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Harriet Corson Simpson

Harriet Ann Corson Simpson
(d. 02 Feb 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today.
Harriet Corson Simpson, Class of 1956, wife of Harry Simpson ('54) of VA,  passed away in Hayes on Sunday, February 02, 2020 at the age of 81.  

   She was the sister of Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA and John Corson, and the sister-in-law of Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 02/05/20:   

                   Harriet Corson Simpson


HAYES - Harriet Corson Simpson, 81, of Hayes, VA (formerly of Newport News), left her earthly home and moved into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Surrounded by her husband and children, Momma yielded to the complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease.

Although Harriet excelled in her careers in banking, business administration (Thor Power & Tool Co.), and office management for Harry D Simpson, Jr, DDS, her greatest strength and the legacy she leaves is that of a devoted wife, Godly mother, supportive grandmother, loving great-grandmother and endearing friend. Her love for Christ, her family, and others goes "beyond mere words".

Shortly after graduating from Newport News High School in 1956, Harriet married her high school sweetheart, Harry D. Simpson, Jr. During their nearly 64 years of marriage, they were blessed with 4 children (Debbie, Doug, Diane, and Dean), 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Harriet (affectionately called MawMaw) was a longtime member of Northside Christian Church and the Praymates Bible School class. She loved music, theater, vacations, scrapbooking, cross-stitching, knitting, and most importantly, her church and family. She and PawPaw literally traveled the world in support of their children's, grandchildren's, and great-grandchildren's performances and sporting events.



Harriet was the daughter of the late Raymond and Elizabeth Corson. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Harry D Simpson, Jr., daughters Debbie Legg and Diane Curfman (Greg), and sons Doug Simpson (Mary) and Dean Simpson (Shannon).

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jerry Legg (Katey), Joey Legg (Sarah), Josh Legg (Casey), Casey Simpson-Hasey (Dave), Clay Simpson (Erica), Paige Simpson, Elizabeth Major (Nick), Katie Gardiner (Ryan), Steven Curfman (Kayla), Christopher Curfman (Alexandria), Jason Curfman (Danielle), Jesse Simpson, Ashlee Hellman (Austin), and Will Simpson.

Survivors also include her great-grandchildren: Taryn Legg, Landon Legg, Tolson Legg, Van Legg, Caelyn Hasey, Brooks Kahn, Cali Simpson, Liam Gardiner, Tucker Gardiner, and Jackson Curfman.

Memories will also be cherished by brothers Butch Corson (Cindy) and John Corson (Janice), sisters-in-law, Carolyn Simpson Knight and Terry Cooper, and numerous extended family members.

The family would like to thank the staff of Dr. Ronald Haggerty, Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, and Helping Hearts In-Home Care for their support and assistance in the care of our beloved wife and mother.

A Celebration of Life Service honoring Harriet - Momma - MawMaw - Motherto4Ds will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday February 8, 2020 at Northside Christian Church in Yorktown, VA with a reception immediately following. Interment will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either Northside Christian Church Building Fund (1300 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown VA 23693) or The Simpson Shirt Fund ? Boys & Girls Clubs of the VA Peninsula (11825 Rock Landing Dr., Newport News, VA 23606).

Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester Point, VA 23062.
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Published in the Daily Press
from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2020.  
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February 04, 2020

Harry, Debbie, Doug, Diane, Dean and families. We pray that Jesus will wrap each of you in His loving arms and give you strength and peace at this time. We always enjoyed every chance we had to get together with you, either there when we were younger or when you came to Elkins to visit. We will see you at the Home Going Celebration.
With much love,
Naida Vonne, Tom and Jeanie Simpson

~ Naida Vonne Simpson, Elkins, West Virginia

February 05, 2020

Harry and the 4 Ds, Butch, John and families:
I have so many fond memories of Harriett. Our families spent a lot of time together when we were younger. Uncle Jack and Aunt Billie have welcomed their baby girl into heaven! As we lost our parents, one by one, we lost contact (but thank goodness for Facebook). Harriett lived her life with so much love from her church, family, and friends, and I hope all of you find comfort in knowing this. Although many tears are being shed, she would want everyone to be happy knowing that she in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Every day we will have a reminder of her and when that moment happens, smile and remember the part she played in your life! There is a new Angel in Heaven and she has many names, but I will forever hold her in my heart as Harriett. You are not alone in your loss, so please reach out if you need to. Much love,

~ Debbie (and Bill) Vaccarelli, Battery Park, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Harry, and to all of Harriet's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" lyrics courtesy of - 08/04/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

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