Services: Have been held.
Mrs. Evelyn “Dinger” Simpson, 85, of the Bethel area, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at the home of her daughter in Jal.
She was born on Jan. 19, 1918, in Portales, to Mary and Benjamin T. Miller.
She grew up in the Bethel community, working with the rest of her family on the farm and dairy. While she was attending high school she drove the school bus. After graduating from high school, she continued to drive the bus and attended classes at Eastern New Mexico Junior College in Portales. She married Melvin Simpson on April 18, 1942. Family members said she was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed quilting, dancing and painting.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, B.F. Miller; four sisters, Juanita Onstott, Mary Turner, Clara Rector and Hazel Walker; and by her husband.
Survivors include four sons, Mel Simpson (and wife, Glenda) of Grants, Mark Simpson (Christine) of Skiatook, Okla., Mike Simpson and Howard Simpson (Teresa), all of Portales; three daughters, Meloy Hill (Buddy) of Jal, and Mary Jane Simpson and Clarene Mead, both of Portales; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee “Hoss” Miller of Portales; four sisters, Essie Belle Helm of Lincoln, Ark., Opal Parker of Las Lunas, B-Etta Campbell of Alamogordo and Maxine Smith of Elida.
Chaplain Russell Hill will officiate the services.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, nephews and her many friends.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.