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BARBARA JEAN SIMPSON
February 3, 2024
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Barbara Jean Mahone Simpson, known affectionately to all as Barbara, lived a life marked by joy, resilience, and the warm embrace of community. Born on September 10, 1943, in Indianapolis, Indiana, she returned to her roots and departed this world from the same city on February 3, 2024. Her journey, a testament to a life well-lived and cherished, came to a peaceful close due to natural causes.
Barbara's early years were spent in the vibrant corridors of Indianapolis, where she attended Arsenal Technical High School, graduating with the class of 1962. She carried the spirit of her education throughout her life, applying lessons learned both in and out of the classroom to her varied and fulfilling career. As a Systems Engineer at IBM, Barbara showcased her brilliant mind and unwavering work ethic. Her entrepreneurial spirit later led her to co-own a restaurant and catering business with her beloved husband, Howard Simpson, where together they served up both delicious meals and warm memories.
Despite facing the loss of her parents, Harrietta Mahone Williams and Lomax Mahone, her stepfather, Emanuel Williams, and stepmother Emogene Mahone, and her husband Howard, Barbara's resilience never wavered. She also bore the profound loss of her children, Howard Joseph Eugene, Leola Beatrice, and Mark Anthony, with a strength that inspired all who knew her. Her deceased siblings are Lorraine Massey, Lomax Mahone, Jr., George Mahone, Raymond Mahone, Dorothy Harlan, Betty Williams, and Janice Valentine. Her other siblings are Oliver Mahone, Harry Mahone (Yoko), Rosemary Grant, Mildred Johnson (Robert), Robert Mahone, William Mahone, Tony Mahone, Duane Mahone, David Williams, Teresa Williams, and Claude Williams will remember her as the glue that held their expansive family together.
Barbara's life outside of work was filled with passions that spoke to her zest for life. She was an avid member of a local bowling league for many years, where her competitive spirit and infectious laugh were on full display. Her hands were rarely still, as she found joy in sewing and creating beautiful garments. Barbara's love for cooking was legendary, and she often gathered loved ones around her table to share in the bounty of her kitchen. Travel was another of Barbara's pursuits, as she believed in the power of new experiences and the beauty of exploring the world around her.
Barbara's warmth extended far beyond her immediate family, touching the lives of her nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. Her presence was a comfort, and her legacy is one of love, generosity, and the importance of family.
In times of challenge, Barbara navigated life's trials and tribulations. She was indeed changed by her experiences, but never reduced. Instead, she grew in strength, compassion, and love, impacting all those fortunate enough to cross her path.
As we bid farewell to Barbara Jean Mahone Simpson, we celebrate the indelible mark she left on our hearts and the world. Her life was a beautiful tapestry woven with the threads of dedication, joy, and an enduring spirit of giving. Barbara's memory will be cherished and kept alive in the stories shared, the meals cooked in her honor, and the laughter that echoes in the spaces she once filled. She may have departed from our sight, but never from our hearts.
Humbly Submitted.……...........................................................................……...….The Family