Carolyn Jean Fox, a beautiful baby girl, was born to Sgt Richard K Fox and Dorothy McMichael) Fox on July 29, 1943 in Denver Colorado. "Jeanie" as she was called, spent her childhood in Corning New York & Lamar Colorado. Jeanie attended Lamar schools, where she was active in the Civil Air Patrol. She was a wonderful writer in high school, and many of her stories were kept by her English teacher. She was in the high school play "George Washington Slept Here". Jeanie attended Lamar Junior College.
In 1963 Jeanie married Orin McVey. Three children, Sherry, Monica, and Shannon were born to the couple. They lived on and near many Marine Corps Bases at this time.
In 1982 Jeanie moved to Juneau Alaska. She worked at the Buoy Deck, Squires Rest, The Sandbar, and at the Juneau International Airport, where she met Spike Simpson.
In 1990 Jeanie married Stanley Taylor Simpson, known as "Spike". The couple moved to a remote logging camp, Hobart Bay Alaska, which was accessible only by a small aircraft on floats. Jeanie made many friends where ever she lived with her wonderful smile, caring nature and sense of humor.
After an injury caused Spike's early retirement, the couple moved to a home on beautiful Beck Lake, just out of Nikiski, Alaska. Jeanie loved the moose, bear and other wild animals that surrounded their home. A good many pets called this place home. Jeanie inherited her mother's love of beautiful milk glass and ruby glass, made by Fenton, Westmoreland, and Fostoria and her collection filled the home. She also sewed many lovely quilts, and was a wonderful cook.
In 2004 Jeanie and Spike moved with their dogs and Jeanie's Fenton glass collection to a home near Doniphan Missouri. Jeanie and Spike were able to realize their dream of raising horses of their own. Jeanie continued to hunt through antique shops and added many beautiful pieces of ruby glass and milk glass which were displayed on shelves made by Spike. Jeanie could always make a home beautiful.
On June 02, 2013, Jeanie passed away at her Missouri home with her husband holding her hand, and her beloved border collie Andy by her side.
Jeanie is survived by her husband Spike of Doniphan Missouri, her children Sherry McVey of San Bernadino California, Monica Sanders of Grants Pass Oregon, and Shannon (Apryl) McVey of Juneau Alaska, stepdaughter Shanna Hernandez of Anchorage Alaska and by her grandchildren Jessica Sanders, Elijah John Sanders, Daniel Sanders, Katherynn Bachman, Carolyn McVey, Arthur McVey and by her step grandchildren Brittany Sherbahn, Benjamin Sherbahn, Zowie Sherbahn, and Aiden Simpson. She is also survived by her mother Dorothy Courkamp of Lamar Colorado, brother Donald Fox (Henrietta0 and Michael Fox (Vicki) of Goodyear Arizona, and her sister Marjorie Adams (James Conner) of Juneau Alaska, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jeanie was preceded in death by her father Richard Fox, stepfather Leonard Courkamp, and son in law Steven Sanders, her mother in law Valerie (Bodek) Richardson, and brother in law Frank Cool, and her grandparents John & Carrie McMichael.
Services will be held Friday June 28 at 2:00pm at the Peacock Funeral Home at 209 South 4th Street in Lamar Colorado. The family can be contacted through Stanley Simpson Box 321 Doniphan, MO 63935.
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 9, 2013