In Loving Memory Of
June 26, 1929 ~ August 1, 2020
Age 91 Years
Simpson- Ramona Gladys, wife of the late Arthur Simpson, Gladys was born in Regina on June 26th, 1929 to William and Alice Coutts. She spent the first 3 ½ years in Waskada, and in 1932, the family moved to Rapid City where her parents went into business-Coutts’ Bakery. Gladys Received her Education in Rapid City, then going to Brandon College where she graduated with an Arts degree. In 1950, the family moved to Winnipeg, and there she took a business course, working first at Northern Trust, and then a year later, going to work for the Hudson Bay Store in the in Basement Divisional Merchandise Office. Four and half years later, she was transferred to the head office at Hudson Bay House. While in Winnipeg, she curled, bowled, golfed, and became a Cub Scout Leader, District Cub Leader and even worked on the Training team. She also became interested in football, an avid fan of the Bombers, attending six Grey Cup games. She discovered the joys of travel from camping in the summer, to travelling to various parts of the globe.
In 1964, she and Art married and moved to Brandon where she worked at the Health of Animals. In 1968 they moved to Rapid City and two months later, welcomed their first son, William Bradley. In 1970 the family moved to Ingelow, where she was talked into teaching 4-H and when they returned to Rapid City, she continued to teach sewing. In 1971, Harry Bart was welcomed to the family.
In 1976 Art & Gladys purchased the Convenience store and were in business there for ten years. Gladys was active in the community, joining the Chamber of Commerce, and in 1979 becoming a member of the editorial team of the Rapid City & District Tell-It-Gram. She joined the Valleyview Seniors and worked on the committee to have a new Seniors Center built and was an active member thereafter. After Retirement, she got interested in Crafting and in the fall she and Art went to many Craft Sales in Westman. In 1993, a Drama Club was formed, and Gladys became an active member, filing many jobs, even writing some of the plays.
Gladys was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Alice, her husband Arthur, and her in-laws Harry & Ruby, Larry, Murray, Claire and Grace, and Lois. Gladys will be lovingly remembered by sons Brad and Bart (Brenda) and granddaughters, Sydney and Ashley, great grandson Ben, nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of Gladys’s life will take place in Rapid City Legion Hall, Rapid City, MB. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Gladys’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2T5 (www.heartandstroke.ca).
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Heart & Stroke Foundation
1379 Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg MB R3P 2T5