Betty Simpson

July 30, 1933 ~ October 17, 2020 (age 87)


Betty Simpson, age 87, of Ottawa, passed away Saturday, October 17th at Pleasant View with her loving family at her side.


Private graveside services were held Tuesday, October 20th at Ottawa Avenue Cemetery.  Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home was honored to serve the family.


Betty was born July 30, 1933 in Ottawa, Illinois, a daughter of Roy and Georgia (Hulse) Willis.  She married Lanis Simpson September 1, 1953 in Ottawa.  He preceded her in death January 8, 2019.  She is survived by her children, Lanis (Debbie) Simpson, Jr. of Leland, Allen (Bobbie) Simpson of Bettendorf, Iowa, Robert (Claudia) Simpson of Holland, Michigan, Ginger Govero and Kevin (Sue) Simpson all of Ottawa.  She also leaves grandchildren, Heather Green, Brandon Simpson, Chris Simpson, Charity Carson, Tom Govero, Jr., Sarah Budach, Kevin Simpson, Jr., Brandy Simpson, Courtney Simpson, Brianne Simpson and Amanda Simpson; twenty-one great-grandchildren.  Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Willis, Jr. and Donald Willis; a sister, Anna Corrie; and a son-in-law, Tom Govero.


Betty was a long time member of the Salvation Army in Ottawa.  She had served as manager of the Salvation Army Thrift Store for many years.  Betty was one to enjoy working on various craft projects.  The time she treasured most was that spent with her family.


Memorial contributions may be directed to the Salvation Army.  

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Simpson, please visit our floral store.


Private Services

Ottawa Avenue Cemetery
1601 Ottawa Avenue
Ottawa, Illinois 61350


Salvation Army
516 West Madison Street, Ottawa IL 61350
Tel: 1-815-433-0798

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