On March 22, 2017, age 88, of Wilmington, DE, Doris Elizabeth Simpson, went on to her “Good Reward” after suffering a massive stroke March 14, 2017. She grew up in Gibbstown, NJ, the daughter of Abigail and Samuel duBrink. After she graduated in 1946 from the Paulsboro High School in NJ, she then graduated from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA in 1949, and became an R.N. In 1950, one of her former classmates introduced her to Theodore William (Bill) Simpson from Delaware. They were married in January, 1951, moved here in the fall and she has lived here ever since.
Before she was married she worked for a year in PA at her Alma Mater. After she was married, while her husband was in the service, she worked in a hospital O.R. in NJ and then did general duty at the then Delaware Hospital. Eventually, she became a private duty nurse, retiring in 1991.
Doris was a member of Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, belonged to the Private Duty Nurses Registry in Wilmington, DE and was a member of the DBLHKFA (a NJ lighthouse association). Her favorite activities included going to church on Sundays, spending time with family and friends, spending time with her “Girls Club” buddies (at the beauty shop), travelling, her house plants, her cats through the years, and the lighthouse trips and meetings.
Her husband of 61 years predeceased her in April 2012. Doris was also predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Stephen Armstrong and William Clark and a niece Linda Ratliff. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Rodney L. Derickson of Wilmington, DE, her grandson Theodore J. Derickson of York, PA, her granddaughter and her spouse, Beth and Vance Crawford and her great grandson, Vanning Rodney Crawford of Elsmere, DE, two sisters-in-law, M. Virginia Armstrong and Evelyn Clark, 3 nieces and 4 nephews (especially Kevin and Bonnie who visited her often) and many great nieces and great nephews. Also surviving her are many friends she loved being with or talking to: Patrick V., Shirley Mildred, Lori, Linda B. Linda J. Mary, Marge, Larry, Sandy, Pat, Susan G and Glenda (who treated her like a queen at family gatherings).
A special thank you to all of the staff at Heartland Hospice who were amazing! Every single employee was compassionate, efficient, kind and caring to Doris, as well as the entire family during a very difficult time.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 26, from 6-8 pm at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808. A funeral service will be celebrated at the church the next day at 11 am. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of lowers the family requests donations be sent to Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, Heartland Hospice, 5661 Ochletree Lane, Wilm., DE 19808 or to Planned Parenthood, 625 N Shipley St, Wilm., DE 19801.
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