2014-12-24 / Obituaries


HARLINGEN, TX - Josephine Simpson, 82 entered eternal rest on December 18, 2014, in Harlingen, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Petra Ortega, her husband, Rev. Richard D. Simpson; her son, James C. Simpson; and her grandsons, Freddy Guerra and Ricky Runyan. Josephine is survived by her children Sandra Runyan (Jim), Kenny Simpson (Minerva), and Susan Simpson; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and her brother, Commander Manuel Ortega, USN, Ret. (Janet).

Josephine was born in Fort Stockton, Texas, on May 5, 1932. She is a 1950 graduate of Fort Stockton High School. After high school, Josephine continued her education at Shannon Memorial School of Nursing in San Angelo, Texas, where she graduated in 1955. Since age 3 she knew she wanted to be a nurse.

Josephine lived an eventful life filled with momentous memories. Her life was one dedicated to the service of the community, the physical and spiritual health of women and children, and the boundless love for her family and friends.

Josephine was a lifelong nurse who was also a caregiver who deeply sought to alleviate the suffering of others through her unyielding service. For most of her career, Josephine served the residents of Willacy County, who she deeply loved, until her retirement in 1993. During her career, she served as a Public School Nurse from 1968 - 1970 where she was nominated as the Lasara Independent School District Nurse of the Year. From 1970 until her retirement, Josephine served Willacy County as a Public Health Nurse. The State of Texas recognized her unyielding dedication to her community, public health, and nursing by awarding Josephine with the 1988 Nurse of the Year award.

Josephine’s dedication to service, nursing, and her community did not end with her retirement. Josephine found other ways to serve volunteering at the Family Crisis Center from 1993-1999.

Josephine also had a community centered life outside of nursing and raising a family. She had been an active member of the Zonta Club of Harlingen, a member of the Red Hat Society, a member of the Texas Nurses Association, and a member of the Tip of Texas Tole Club.

Josephine also cared deeply for the spiritual health of others. She assisted in her church’s bus ministry by visiting neighborhoods on Saturdays and then picking up eager children on Sunday mornings to attend church service. Josephine was also a member of LACE Women’s Ministry at Harlingen First Church of the Nazarene where she also served on the Board of Directors for the church’s Day Care Board.

Josephine’s family would like to thank all who have kept Josephine in their thoughts and prayers as well as for the gifts of kindness and support during this time.

A memorial celebrating Josephine’s life will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at Harlingen First Church of the Nazarene. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Family Crisis Center at http://www.familycrisisctr.org/ donate/donate-online/.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Duddlesten Funeral Home, 604 W. Hidalgo, Raymondville, TX 78580.

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