Our mom, grandma, auntie and friend Mary Ellen Simple died Feb. 14, 2013. She left us peacefully to be with the Lord.
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We can't count the number of slippers, canvas boots, hairpieces, gloves, hats, baby booties and checkbook covers she sewed - not to mention the number of biscuits, pots of soup, pans of fry meat and other meals she cooked. Her favorite television channel was 61, the food channel.
She sewed and cared for her family and friends in many ways and many, many people have known her caring and sharing. We thank the Lord for her life.
Mary was born to Ellen and David Henry on Oct. 19, 1937. She knew how to live in the woods, in villages and in Fairbanks. She dealt with many joys and pains in her life and maintained a kind-hearted attitude.
She was preceded in death by dad David Henry; mom Ellen Henry; husband David Simple; her longtime companion, Jimmy Ward; brothers William, Patrick and Peter; sisters, Rachel, Madeline, Liza, Virginia and Judy; grandson Everette; and nephews Junior Tsal and Benjie.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Ethel Simple, and her companion, Roland Riley; and Ethel's sons, Craig Simple and Floyd Verney; and her son, Gary Simple and Margo, and their son, Gary Jr.; Shee'lene, and baby Bliss, sons Patrick and Gabe, and daughter Emma.
She is also survived by her brother, Abraham Henry, his wife, Sally, and their children, Virginia and Les; and her children, Charlene and her sons, Davian and Haden, Ruben and Nathan; Earl and Connie and their sons, Gareth and Nicole and their son Dalen; Kyle, Jonas, and Elliott; Mary and Eddie and their son, Benjamin, and Mary's other children, Elijah, Rosemarie and Kaleb; Eileen; William; Gena and Will and their children, Jorell and Jezell; and also the children of her sister, Judy and brother-in-law John Erick Jr., Peter, Christina, daughter Raynee; and Clyde, children Conrad and Justine; and her brother, David Henry Jr.; many cousins, close friends, godchildren and others who were very much a part of her family.
Mom sure enjoyed people visiting and sewing or talking with her. She put her trust in the Lord. She cared about people in need. She prayed quite a bit during her last time in the hospital and encouraged us to avoid drinking alcohol.
She wanted us to have a good life and urged us to "always believe in God."
A funeral service will be held at
2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Good Shepherd Church with Rev. Trimble Gilbert, in Venetie.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 19, 2013