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Ruth Ann Simpkins

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 10:58 a.m. CDT

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Ruth Ann (Schudel) Simpkins, 74, former Calhoun County resident, died at 6:38 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the Bethesda Dilworth Hospice Care in Webster Groves, Mo.

Born Dec. 10, 1939, in Alton to Walter L. "Pat" and Margaret (Byrd) Schudel, she married Jon Simpkins Aug. 7, 1966, at the First Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He died July 27, 1986.

She attended Oak Grove School, a one-room schoolhouse, and graduated with the Class of 1957 from Hardin High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1960. She taught home economics at Bowen High School. She was employed for many years as a bookkeeper at Citizens Bank. Later in life, she became a sorority house mother at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Surviving are four children, Patrick Simpkins of Plainfield, Kirk (Amy) Simpkins of Webster Groves, Mo., Erich (Karen) Simpkins of Collierville, Tenn., and Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Simpkins of Kirkwood, Mo.; four grandchildren, Margaret Grace, Mary Alice, Jon Grayson and Anna Claire; one sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Jo "Patsy" and William Halemeyer of Fieldon; and three nieces, Annette, Jane and Sarah.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hardin Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul D. Frazier officiating. Burial will be in the Dayton Cemetery in rural Eldred.

Visitation will be prior to the services from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Hardin.

The Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of the arrangements.

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