Let the memory of Jo-Ann be with us forever
  • 83 years old
  • Born on June 2, 1931 in Albuquerque, United States.
  • Passed away on August 2, 2014 in San Rafael, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of Jo-Ann Simpson, 83, born on June 2, 1931 and passed away on August 2, 2014. We will remember her intellect, humor, and love for family and friends (and delicious food!)

Please feel free to use this website to share your memories, stories and photos of Jo-Ann with all of us. Since we are spread across the world, this helps maintain the bond we share of knowing Jo-Ann. I'll be adding more content when I get some of the photos and memorabilia that are safe in storage for now.

Much love to you all who were so important to her, and many thanks in advance for your shared memories.

Sabrina Simpson 

Posted by Sabrina Simpson on 2nd August 2018
Almost a year ago today Miles and I scattered JoAnn's ashes on Mount Tamalpais, overlooking Stinson and Bolinas Beaches. Miles read a lovely tribute and we spent some time enjoying the gorgeous day, knowing JoAnn would have loved the balmy -not too hot- breezes blowing across the golden hills and hearing the far-away surf crashing as it reached the coastline. Hard to believe it has been 4 years already, and I hope she and Charlie are having some fun, laughing with their old friends who have joined them in a place of love and light.
Posted by Sabrina Simpson on 3rd June 2017
Thinking about my mother so much this last 9 months living in Lyon, France. Lyon is the home of Antoine St Exupery, who wrote Le Petit Prince, which we read together in French when I was young. And she was fluent in French and raised me to love French culture by surrounding me with French music, words, books and food. It has come alive for me this year, and I am forever grateful for my intrinsic familiarity with France due to her influence. And I am sad when I want to ring her up to tell her about something that reminds me of her. But hopefully she knows, and is smiling with shared joy. Happy Birthday!
Posted by JT Michelson on 2nd June 2017
Happy Birthday Cousin Jo-Ann Rest in Peace
Posted by Jacquelyn Michelson on 21st August 2014
I have many wonderful memories of my cousin Jo-Ann.Some of my earliest and most favorite are stories she would relate to me about her early relationship with my parents before my brothers and I were even born. She would tell me about hunting and fishing with them and what a good shot my mother was!! I cherished these memories as my parents died when I was 13 and 14. She helped keep those special times a part of my life. Her name for my Mom was MOONIE. I also loved visiting Jo-Ann in Northern California. I ate my first artichoke at her home with two different sauces. I still prepare them that way today. Jo-Ann always arranged such interesting things to do when I visited. She was the first person I knew who recycled cans. I started doing that very early on thanks to her example. I loved when she came to Albuquerque And brought Sabrina. I adored playing with her as a baby! Jo-Ann was a great example to many of the cousins growing up in Albuquerque . She had a wonderful education and spoke French which was so sophisticated to all of us! I remember when Jo-Ann and. Charlie were married. They had a beautiful reception at the Alvarado Hotel. I even remember the dress I wore. I hope Sabrina and her family find comfort with these memories and that Jo-Ann is resting in peace.
Posted by Helen Heitkamp on 16th August 2014
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words..." Jo-Ann was my friend...a thankful Nancy Hewitt
Posted by Connie Barrow on 11th August 2014
I just added a recent photo. I visited Jo-Ann for about an hour and a half in early May. I did not expect her to know who I was, but she did. She proudly introduced Tina and me to her nurse as her sisters. She seemed happy, healthy and pleased to see us. I never thought it would be my last visit with my big sister.

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