Our Steel Magnolia

LAKELAND - Mrs. Elaine Simpson, R.N., passed peacefully on October 4, 2012, surrounded by family and dear friends, due to heart failure. With her strong spirit, tender heart and unwavering faith, Elaine shaped the lives of many. Endearingly known as "Shoog", "Mom", "Sister" and "Nana", Elaine gave of herself tirelessly whenever and wherever she saw a need.
Mrs. Simpson's legacy includes: Lonnie C. Simpson, her husband of more than 57 years; her children, Jeffrey L. Simpson, Stephen C. and Donna Simpson and Lonnie L. and Kelley Simpson; her grandchildren, James G. Simpson, Jeremiah G. Simpson, Hunter L. Simpson, Hannah E. Simpson and Harper N. Simpson; her dear friends and traveling companions Henry and Loretta McKeithan; and her many "adopted" children around the world.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: The Gideons International ( www.gideons.org ; P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800); The Spring of Tampa Bay
( www.thespring.org ; P.O. Box 5147, Tampa, FL 33675); Grace Ministries, Inc. ( www.writerscupofgrace.com ; 2920 18th Street South, Suite A, 2nd Floor, Birmingham, AL 35209).
Life Celebration will be held at The First Baptist Church of Brandon, 216 N. Parsons Avenue, Bran-don, FL 33510), on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 beginning at 10 a.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at


Published in Ledger on Oct. 7, 2012