Ruth M. Simpson
Ruth M. Simpson
  • May 21, 1925 - July 8, 2014
  • Mobile, Alabama

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It is with a heavy heart that the family of Ruth M. Simpson announces her passing at 89 years of age. She is survived by her husband of 66 years Dr. William H. Simpson, daughters Jan Simpson and Dana Pollock, son Bruce Simpson, six grandchildren, Uriah, Seth, Miah, and Daniel Pollock, Clint and Cassandra Simpson, four great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Chinn and Mrs. Jean Brown who reside in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ruth fell outside her beloved home on July 2nd and unfortunately suffered a fatal head injury. She was putting water out for her 5 raccoons, 3 opossums, and various cats that came by for a visit. She loved all her animals especially her 2 cats, Jack and Jill.

Ruth was an award winning artist and found a way to channel her love of art. She and several friends founded The Art Patrons League. Ruth managed the Little Art Gallery Gift Shop for The Art Patrons League, which was downtown next to the Fire Station Museum. They then created what would eventually become one of the premier art shows, The Outdoor Arts and Crafts Show for local artists, which expanded to artist across the country. Ruth ran The Art Patrons League booth at the Show where she became known as the paper flower lady. She also used her artistic talents for various fund raising projects for the Mobile Museum of Art.

Along the way The Art Patrons League decided to put on a Christmas Tree exhibit at the Museum. Ruth was asked to create a tree and she chose a Mexican Christmas Tree. It was comprised Eyes of God, a Paper Mache' Donkey Piñata, Paper Flowers, and topped with a large Macramé Serape and Eye of God, which were hand made by Ruth.

Every year Ruth designed a Christmas Card to send to all of her and William's friends and family. This was another way for Ruth to express her artistic talents except this time instead of using oil paint and canvas Ruth used the computer.

Ruth's home, that she designed, also reflects her great love of art from ceramics, paintings, and glass work from local and artists across the country as well as her own art.

Ruth was a beautiful woman and was loved by all her knew her. She will be sorely missed by her family.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Mobile Museum of Art or World Wildlife Fund.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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