SIMPSON Betty Ivy Simpson, loving wife of Merlyn Simpson of Red Deer, passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on March 27, 2005 at the age of 71.  Betty was mother and best friend to her three children, Cathy Simpson, of Edmonton, Beverly Gagne, of Red Deer, and Bruce (Kris) Simpson of Red Deer.  Her three granddaughters, Kyla, Aliesha and Jolee Simpson were the light of her life – each one holding a special place in her heart. Betty was born in Claresholm, AB and attended all of her schooling there.  Upon her marriage to Merlyn, she set forth on the adventure of being a banker's wife, making homes in Magrath, Taber, Lethbridge, Olds, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Carstairs, Trochu and Westlock before finally setting down to retirement in Red Deer.  The many friends and acquaintances that she met on these travels, and through her volunteer work in each community, were dear to her and never forgotten. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Ivy Powers (nee Simmons), a special niece, Doreen Martin, a special nephew, Timothy Powers, and a great-niece, Denise Martin.  Betty is survived by her sister, Dot (Les) Sorensen of Lethbridge, her brothers Bob (Patricia) Powers of Lethbridge and Jim (Marie) Powers of Mill Creek, Washington as well as numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and acquaintances.  Thank you to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at Red Deer Regional Hospital, with special thanks to Jennifer, Debbie and Dr. Jym. A celebration of Betty's life will be held at the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67A Street, Red Deer, AB (one block north of 67th Street on Taylor Drive) on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 2:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ICU c/o DTHR Foundation, Bag 5030, Red Deer, AB, T4N 6R2 or to the charity of one's choice. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at In living memory of the late Betty Ivy Simpson, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.

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