Ernestine Simpson

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URBANA – Ernestine Simpson, of DeGraff, died on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in the Dayton VA Medical Center. She was born October 23, 1942, in Westville, OH, a daughter of Ernest and Maude (Johnson) Watkins.

Ernestine, a 1960 graduate of Graham High School, enjoyed fishing, crocheting, reading puzzles, games and especially spending time with her family, always getting in the last word. Survivors include her children, Kent Watkins and fiancée Amy of Sidney, Deanna McKnight of DeGraff, Pam Mandell and her husband Joe of San Antonio, TX, Vincent "J.J." Simpson, Jr. and his wife Christy of DeGraff, Vonda Simpson and her life partner, Tiffany of Bellefontaine, stepdaughter Jackie Burdiss of Sidney, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, sisters, Pearl Thackery of ME, Mary Ann Couch of Columbus Grove, OH, Martha Reed and her husband Dick of KY, Ethel Powell and her husband Jim of Urbana, brothers Ernie Watkins and his wife Maureen of West Liberty, and David Watkins of Sidney. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 42 years Vincent J. "Jack" Simpson, Sr. on Feb. 7, 2014, son Kevin and an infant son, and brothers Frankie and Jonathan.

The family will receive friends from noon-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the WALTER & SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 642 S. Main St, Urbana, where the services will be held at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jim Lillibridge officiating. Burial will follow in Nettle Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, OH 43078, or to the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Southwest Region, Inc., 325 N. Third St., Fairborn, OH 45324-4959.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Walter & Lewis Funeral Home
642 South Main Street
Urbana, OH 43078
(937) 653-4227
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Published in Weekly Currents from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014