Doris Elinor Simpson, 93 entered into rest Sunday (Feb. 10, 2013) at St. James Hospital after a brief stay.
Doris was born on Oct. 23, 1919 in Bath, the daughter of Olin Huffman and Carrie Maude (Young) Simpson. She lived in various western NY communities during her grade school years and then resided in Alfred all but for the last few years of her life when she resided in Hornell at Updyke’s Assisted Living Facility.
Doris graduated from Attica High School and later from Alfred University in 1941. She taught in the Warsaw Public School District for 3 years and then returned to Alfred to work until her retirement in the office of Counseling and Career Services at Alfred University. Along with her brother William Simpson, Doris also owned and managed several rental properties in the village of Alfred.
Doris, who never married, enjoyed her work and also enjoyed traveling and photography. Some of her fondest memories were related to her associations through the Seventh Day Baptist denomination and her adventures and time spent with local Alfred friends Ferne Snyder, Evea Potter, Ruth Glover, Francis Weaver, Gladys Knight, Madeline Burdick, Adelaide Sheldon and Ollene Smith to name a few.
Doris was a member of the Kanakadea/McArthur Order of the Eastern Star, the Alfred/Hornell Association of University Women, and the Alfred First Seventh Day Baptist Church.
Doris amazed her neighbors and friends by climbing the 23 steps to her home on High Street into her 88th year until it burned in 2007. Doris continued to have a sharp mind and excellent recall of her family, past friends and adventures. She loved to reminisce by reading her Alfred History book. She had a keen sense of humor and sharp wit, and until the last week of her life she kept up with it all.
Doris is survived by a sister-in-law Janette Simpson and 3 nephews, Larry Simpson of Texas, and James Simpson and Michael Simpson, both of Colorado and several great nephews and nieces. She is also survived by good friends Thomas Ripple formerly of Hornell and Sandra McGraw of Alfred.
In addition to her parents, Doris was pre-deceased by a sister, Bernice Simpson, and a brother William Simpson.
There will be no prior visitation. The memorial service will be held on Saturday (March 23, 2013) at 2 p.m. at Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church with Rev. Patricia Bancroft, officiating. Burial will be in the Alfred Rural Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Baker – Swan Funeral Home in Andover.