Frankie Joann Simpson
Frankie Joann Simpson, 82, was surrounded by family and love when she passed on July 28, 2015 at Banner Lassen Medical Center.
She leaves behind her children Rhonda and Vernon Templeton of Susanville, Rebecca Guess of Susanville, and Scott Simpson of Lake Almanor. She was a loved grandmother to Shelley and Leo Bennett, Casey Templeton, Alison Templeton, Warren and Katherine Guess, Denver Guess of San Diego, Jordan and Tressa Guess of Abilene, TX, and Matthew and Kasey Johnson of Marysville, WA and great grandmother to Ashley Templeton, Jacob, Landon, and Sofia Bennett, Lucy, Bo, Chloe, and Zane Johnson, with a little Guess baby on the way. She is also survived by older sister Wanda Hubanks of Waterford.
She was preceded in death by her precious children Rachelle Simpson and Paul W. “Beaver” Simpson and the love of her life Paul E. Simpson.
Joann was born on January 27, 1933 to Frank and Naomi Speake in Tahlequah, OK. The youngest of six children, Joann enjoyed a simple life with her brothers and sisters, riding horses and practicing rope tricks. In 1948 the Speake family headed west and moved to the Central Valley of California. Life was tough and she was often teased for her “okie” accent, but she was stubborn and resilient, traits she would carry throughout her life.
She met her future husband Paul at Oakdale High School, when she noticed him in the marching band. He was so handsome and reminded her of a movie star. They fell in love and married after graduation. They started their family in 1952 with the birth of their daughter Rhonda, followed quickly by Shelley, Becky, Beaver, and Scott.
In 1959, the Simpsons moved to Susanville. They joined the Susanville Assembly of God church where they met and made many lifelong friends. Their home was always filled with love and children. Joann and Paul opened their doors to anyone who needed a place to stay or a delicious home cooked meal. During this time, she also worked as a secretary at Lassen High School. Her kindness and compassion impacted many local youth.
Joann and Paul relocated to Chester, CA in 1982 where they built their dream home on the shore of Lake Almanor. Joann loved to ride her bike, walk along the lake, and enjoy the beautiful sunsets and view of Mt. Lassen from her deck. She kept busy as a surveyor’s assistant and fabric clerk at the Chester Emporium.
Joann was a natural mother and homemaker and loved to cook, bake, can, quilt, and sew matching outfits for her three girls. Her cookie jar was never empty and every newborn in the family (and elsewhere) received a homemade blanket at the time of their birth. She loved to craft and shared those talents with both children and adults Her bible study group at the Susanville Church of the Nazarene was responsible for starting the annual all-church craft fair held at the Monsignor Moran Hall.
She also loved sports and supported her sons at every Little League, Babe Ruth, Lassen High School, Menlo College and American River game that she could attend, often driving hundreds of miles on the weekend. Joann was a member of the LHS Booster Club and was seen on the football sidelines as the booster of the week many times. Later in life, she developed an appreciation for professional basketball and a crush on Michael Jordan. She was very competitive and proud of the fact that she won first place in the Chester 4th of July 5K at the age of 69.
Joann was a woman of God and devoted many hours to the churches she belonged to and the organizations associated with them, including Christian Women’s Club, Children’s Church, BGM Crusaders, VBS, Royal Rangers, Women’s Ministries, Mt. Lassen Family Camp, and she also held many offices and taught Sunday School. Her faith helped her to face life’s troubling times with a smile on her face and a song in her heart.
We will celebrate Joann’s wonderful life on Saturday August 8, 2015 at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Susanville Assembly of God. If you would like, wear something pink because it was her favorite color. Graveside and internment will follow at Diamond Crest Cemetery. The family invites you to enjoy two of Joann’s favorite things, dessert and coffee, afterward at the SAG fellowship hall. It was her wish that donations be made to the Mt Lassen Campground, where her family spent many fun summers. Please send checks to Mt. Lassen Campground, PO Box 52, Mineral, CA 96063.
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