Joanne (Jody) K. Simpson



Joanne (Jody) K. Simpson

Joanne (Jody) K. Simpson, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in Lebanon, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was formerly from Sunnyside, but had moved to Corvallis in 2010 to be closer to family.

Jody was born on Oct. 29, 1926in Lustre, Mont., to James H. Tade and Grace C. (Branley) Tade. Her family spent their early years homesteading in northeast Montana, near the towns of Lustre, Richland and Scoby. Her dad later became employed at the Fort Peck Dam and they lived in Park Grove, Mont. and Nashua, Mont.

When Jody was about 16 the family moved to Irrigon, Ore. and she attended school at Mount Angel.

After WWII, the Tade family moved to Sunnyside, where Jody began working at Valley Hay & Implement Co. There she met her future husband, Norman R. Simpson and they married in 1947. They became parents over the years to six children; Norm Jr, Chuck, Dennis, Mary Jo, Cathy and Mike.

They made their home in Sunnyside for many years where they provided a very stable and loving home for their family.

She was a wonderful mother who took great pride in her home, it was always immaculate, organized and welcoming. She was a wonderful cook and made delicious family meals.

Jody worked outside the home doing accounting for Glen Rasmussen, Boyd Olofson & Co. and Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District.

She loved the work and forged many strong and lasting relationships with the women she worked with. Those relationships lasted throughout her life and included annual activities such as, traveling to the Oregon Coast each fall, fishing off the coast of Mexico and traveling to other countries.

Jody was also a loving grandmother and would provide fun activities on different holidays for her family to partake in. She would frequently take the grandchildren on summer adventures to learn about local places of interest.

She loved to work in the yard and her garden, it was a great source of pride and beauty. When you combine her great cooking, fun activities and a loving home, many wonderful memories were created.

Jody is survived by her sister, Mary (Tade) Patnode of Lacey; son, Norman R. (Linda) Simpson Jr of Vancouver; daughter–in-law, Suzanne (Dennis) Simpson of Sunnyside; daughter, Mary Jo Simpson of Spokane; daughter, Cathy (Robert) Shreeve of Corvallis, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren with #11 on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Norman R. Simpson Sr.; sons, Charles J. Simpson, Dennis A. Simpson and Michael J. Simpson; and younger brother, John W. Tade.

Inurnment will be Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with a reception following at The Grape Vine Inn (Best Western), meeting room.

Those wishing to sign Jody’s online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd and Crematory is in care of arrangements.


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