Deborah Simpson, 1950-2019

Deborah S. Simpson, 69, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Settlers Place in LaPorte.

She was born Feb. 5, 1950, in LaPorte, the daughter of Richard Stearns and Dorothy (Froh) Stearns.

Deborah was a LaPorte High School graduate of 1968, then went on to graduate from Ball State University. She taught math and history at Constantine Middle School in Michigan before returning to LaPorte, where she worked for the Division of Family Resources for 31 years. She was a Girl Scout Leader, doing everything from Brownies to Troop Leader and camp director. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crafts and music.

On June 29, 1974, in LaPorte, she married Donald Simpson, who preceded her in death July 3, 2010.

She is survived by her three brothers, William Stearns of Iowa, David (Chong Ye) Stearns of Nevada and Dennis (Beth) Stearns of Florida; sister, Donna (Terry) Stevens of Union Mills, IN; nieces and nephews, Brandy (Jeremiah) Smith, Kelly Stearns, Leah Stearns, Rob Stevens, Cody Stearns, David Stearns, Joseph Stearns, Jacob Stearns, and Reux Stearns; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Rylie, Kinley, Emma, Natalie, Carson, and Blake.

Deborah was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends Monday, Aug. 19, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte. A life celebration will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. with Dwight Ames officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scipio Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1105 W. 250 S, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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8 Responses to “Deborah Simpson, 1950-2019”

  1. Lynn Lisarelli

    Aug 15. 2019

    My sincerest sympathies and good-bye to another Class of ’68 member.

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    Aug 15. 2019

    I worked with her at division of family and resources-she was a great woman and will be missed deeply!

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  3. Cathleen Rumbaugh

    Aug 16. 2019

    I worked with Deb at dfr for years she was a good friend

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  4. Robert Hough

    Aug 17. 2019

    Knew Deb from grade school through high school. She was a lady and the world will be a poorer place without her. Rest well classmate.

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  5. Mike Flagg

    Aug 18. 2019

    Debbie was always so kind and always so willing to help. Great memories of the whole family from the old neighborhood. Rest in peace.

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  6. Debbie Kneisley Hite

    Aug 20. 2019

    Many memories of Debbie from our Scouting days. Loved that red-orange hair, great smile, and helping hand for any need. Sincere condolences to her family.

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  7. Carol minich

    Aug 21. 2019

    I worked with her for 27 years. She was very kind and brilliant. I am so sorry. She will be missed. When I go to garwoods, I will think of her. God bless her.

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