Ruthie Jeraldene "Jerry" Simpson

November 02, 1931, July 03, 2018

Ruthie Jeraldene Simpson

Ruthie Jeraldene Childress Simpson, known as “Jerry” to most and “Mamaw” to those closest to her, left this world to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. 

Jerry was born November 2, 1931, in Appleby, Texas and attended Lamar Institute of Technology, to obtain her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Stephen F. Austin to obtain her Master’s in Education.   

Jerry met the love of her life, Hugh Simpson, in 1949.  They were married on January 26, 1950, and quickly relocated to Winnie and made it their home. Jerry’s dream was to be a teacher, and she accomplished that by being an elementary teacher for thirty-two years, of which, thirty years were spent at East Chambers Elementary.  

Jerry was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Winnie, Texas and the Women’s Civic Club. She served in various roles for each organization throughout the past 50 years. 

Jerry and her husband, Hugh, were awarded the Community Educator of the Year award in 1988 and Jerry was awarded the Women’s Civic Club Woman of the Year award in 1983. 

Jerry loved being with her family, playing cards with friends, baking, cooking, and attending various social gatherings while her health still allowed.  She delighted in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and referred to them as the “lights of her life”.  She never missed an opportunity to get together with her family - especially if a meal was involved.  

Jerry was a very giving and generous person and would always make sure her friends and family were taken care of. She donated to dozens of charities and was always willing to lend a helping hand or sign up for a shift to volunteer with the Civic Club.  

While we are all sad that her time on earth is over, we are thankful for the time we got with her and truly treasure her influence in our lives. Most importantly, we know that she is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that she is thrilled to be reunited with her husband after spending the last sixteen years apart.  Oh, how sweet it is to trust in Jesus and to know that we will see her again one day! 

Jerry is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Simpson, of Winnie; her parents, Hugh and Mamie Childress, of Nacogdoches, Texas; brother, Gene Childress and wife Dorothy, of Lufkin, Texas; and brother, Billy Childress and wife Betty, of Lufkin, Texas. 

Jerry leaves behind her daughter, Sheri White and husband Steven, of Stowell; grandchildren, Matt and Kelly Jones, Kerry Metz, and Eric and Kacey Flores; great-grandchildren, Caroline Jones, Ralston Flores, Micah Metz, Jude Jones, and baby boy Jones; son, Craig Simpson and wife Bridget of Dallas; grandchildren, Mike and Susan Simpson, Aaron and Kimberly Brown, and Austen and Nicki Sims; great-grandchildren, Paige Brown, Keagan Brown, Kaleigh Brown, Keldon Brown, Brooklyn Sims, Sawyer Sims, and Camryn Sims; and brother, Jimmy Childress and wife Lorraine of Jasper, Georgia. 

A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, July 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church at 120 West Pear, Winnie, Texas, followed by her funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Winnie, Texas. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, in Winnie; or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607.  

Broussard's - Winnie
Broussard's Mortuary - Winnie, TX
134 Buccaneer Drive Winnie, TX 77665
Gathering of Family and Friends
First Baptist Church - Winnie
120 East Pair Street Winnie, TX 77665
Monday, July 09, 2018
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
First Baptist Church of Winnie
120 East Pear Winnie, TX 77665
Monday, July 09, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Fairview Cemetery
223 Cemetery Dr Winnie, TX 77665

Comments (8)

  • Melissa Ogden Hoyt

    10 July 2018 at 13:24 | #

    Sheri & family, Mrs Simpson was one of my favorite teachers. The first time I was sent to the office was by her and I don't even remember what the offense was. I know that whatever it was, I was sent for my own good. I also remember learning so much in her class. I even recall where my seat was and how her class was set up. Please know all your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Betty Peebles

    09 July 2018 at 19:29 | #

    Sheri and family - I only just now, at 2:30 on July 9, checked the Broussard's obituaries to be shocked to see that your mom passed away and was buried this morning. Please know that Corky and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Tommye Hodges

    09 July 2018 at 17:29 | #

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful and dedicated lady. My prayers are with her family.


  • Marlo Hunt

    09 July 2018 at 00:09 | #

    She is such a special lady. Mrs. Simpson has been teaching me one way or another since I was in second grade. She will be greatly missed. I know she is happy and healthy. Prayers for the family.


  • Sarah Rose Hunt

    08 July 2018 at 18:49 | #

    Ding Dong !!!!!


  • Kagey and Lois Barrow

    06 July 2018 at 16:45 | #

    Fond memories of a dear friend now reunited with her wonderful husband. Praying for the family.


  • Calvin Sanders

    06 July 2018 at 12:38 | #

    Jerry will be missed by many. Such a sweet lady, may God grant comfort and peace to the family.


  • Susan & Buddy Evans

    05 July 2018 at 18:44 | #

    Our hearts go out to this beautiful family during your time of sorrow..
    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


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