Carrie Nell (“Nellie”) Simpson |

Carrie Nell (“Nellie”) Simpson

Carrie Nell Simpson passed away on July 21, 2013, with family by her side, in Grand Junction, Colorado. At her request, no memorial service will be held.

Carrie Nell, known to her friends and family as Nellie, was born Dec. 17, 1921, in Mount Olive, Mississippi, to Lavon and Ray McNair. She, along with her three brothers and three sisters, was raised on the family farm in Mount Olive. After high school, she attended and graduated from Jones State Teachers’ College in Mississippi. She taught school in Mississippi until she decided to help with the war effort and joined the Navy WAVES. She served as a Yeoman 2nd Class in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana routing troops around the world. After her honorable discharge on Aug. 28, 1945, she moved to Boulder, Colorado, with her first husband, Kenneth Balcomb, where she obtained a Bachelors of Education from the University of Colorado. She lived for many years in Glenwood Springs raising her family and substitute teaching in the Glenwood Springs’ schools. In 1972, she married Fred W. Simpson, Jr. and moved to Colorado Springs. After her husband’s death, she moved to Grand Junction to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Nellie was a long-time member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization for women. Her various interests included reading (especially about historical events), walking and, most importantly, spoiling her great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Scott and Janet Balcomb of Glenwood Springs, Katharine and Dow Rippy of New Castle, and Mark and Lisa Balcomb of Silt; her grandchildren and their spouses, Molly and Troy Thulson of New Castle, Rue Balcomb of Glenwood Springs and Stephen “Bo” and Janet Balcomb of Wentzville, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, and her sister, Helen Hudson of New Orleans, Louisiana.

— I remember thee in this solemn hour, my dear mother, I remember the days when thou didst dwell on Earth, and thy tender love watched over me like a guardian angel. Thou hast gone from me, but the bond which unites our souls can never be severed; thine image lives within my heart. May the merciful Father reward thee for the faithfulness and kindness thou has ever shown me; may he lift up the light of his countenance upon thee, and grant thee eternal peace!

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