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Born: Nov 13, 1927

Date of Passing: Jul 23, 2013

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MARY FRANC SIMPSON Mef Simpson passed away peacefully on July 23, 2013 in Brandon, Manitoba. Mef was born November 13, 1927 to Leonard and Martha Hankins in Chicago, Illinois. She was predeceased in 2009 by her loving husband, Murray, whom she married in 1950. She is survived by her children: Vandy Simpson of Wareham, Ontario, Dr. Carl Simpson (Anna Marie Larsen) of Waterloo, Ontario, and Joanne Keith (Ward Keith) of Winnipeg. She also leaves her two grandchildren: Jonah and Arielle Keith. Mef graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Interior Design. When she and Murray settled in Brandon, Mef became an active member of the community and well-known artist. She was very involved with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and for many years owned the Small House Gallery in Brandon along with three of her dearest friends. Mef and Murray were strong supporters of the Arts and loved to travel and entertain. Mef was fortunate to have exceptional friends who loved and cared for her to the very end. To these special people, her children wish to express their gratitude. You enriched her life and brightened her days. There will be no formal service, but those wishing to honour Mef's memory are encouraged to make a donation to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Unit 2-710 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services Brandon, 204-727-0694.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 27, 2013

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • What is the measure of a Life? On one side, you can consider what is left behind. Mef most certainly leaves a body of art work. The watercolours and drawings will continue to grace walls in the homes of a great many, for in Mef's case, it is the result of a life time of work. Many are calming, some whimsical - all will continue to add pleasure to those who have them. There is the work she undertook, often massive, in promoting the visual arts in Brandon. Supporting through constant effort (although yes, sometimes joyful) the Art Gallery of South West Manitoba. Of working with and certainly encouraging, sometimes just by being there, a circle of other artists. The bricks and mortar remain, as does the creative influence she had on others. On another side, you can consider the hole you leave in the lives of others. Mef remained active in her artistic community to the very end of a long life. So there will be one less person along on gallery trips and painting afternoons. One less set of hands to help organize and make things happen. One less eye to critique, compliment and guide. There will be a family circle, son and two daughters. Now spread wide from the family seat in Brandon. For them it will be one less voice for needed advise, one empty seat at the table. Two grandchildren, now half grown to adults, who may come to miss the family stories, now blurred by a generation lost. That voice is muted now. A vision remains on canvas and paper, more treasured no that there will be no more additions to that collection. A larger treasure remains, held in memory by those lucky few who hold those. - Posted by: Darrell Markewitz (former son-in-law) on: Jul 28, 2013

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