Mary Louise Simpson

Mary Louise Simpson

Hampton, VA
09.15.1928 - 05.29.2019

Mary Louise Haywood Simpson, 90, claimed the promise of the resurrection on 29 May 2019, while resting at home with family from long term effects of Dementia.

Born into the love of family on the 15th of September 1928 at the home of her grandma Kersey, Richmond, VA, Mary Lou grew in beauty and grace.

Daughter of the late Lue Raymond and Louise Haywood, Sr. She is predeceased by her loving husband T. Thornton Simpson, Sr. and brother Johnny Haywood. Survived by two brothers and their families: Ray & Mark Haywood, Buddy & Betsy Haywood; sister-in-law Joyce Haywood; four children and their families: Trotman and Amy Lynette Simpson, Jr., Nathan and Suzie Simpson, Amy and John Curtis, Gretchen and Mike Nelson; grandchildren: Wesley, Molly, Sarah, Jocelyn & Brad Shifflett, Curtis, Brianna, Tammy and Paul Reed, and Bonnie and Tim Whitley; great-grandchildren: Ian, Brighid, Thornton, Andrew, and Blake; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Growing up in Portlock, Virginia, she was a faithful member of Rosemont Christian Church and graduate of Portlock High School. Working as an executive secretary with several area businesses, General Electric brought her to reside in Newport News, VA. While pursuing her love of music in the Peninsula Choral Society, she met and married TT Simpson in June 1960. They grew their family to four children settling first in Hilton Village for a decade and then Gloucester County. Throughout her life Mary Lou engaged in music as a lyrical soprano expressing her musical love as part of several community groups and the Chancel Choir of Bethlehem United Methodist Church where the whole family participated in a life of faith.

She and Thornton were steadfast patrons of music, especially the endeavors of their children and family.

A devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and sister, her love will bless us all as we miss her in her earthly absence. Godspeed.

A time of visitation 10:00 AM and celebration of life 11:00 AM will be held at Oakland UCC, Suffolk, VA on Monday, June 3, 2019.  Family and friends are invited to stay for a reception in the fellowship hall after a family burial in the church cemetery.  Officiant Rev. Mary Anne Biggs. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by The Virginia Choral Society Endowment Fund. Baker-Foster Funeral Home, Suffolk is serving the family. Full obituary found at

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Oakland Christian Church/ Newman Memorial Cemetery
5641 Godwin Blvd
Suffolk , VA 23432
United States

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Oakland Christian Church
5641 Godwin Blvd.
Suffolk, VA 23432
United States


Beauty and Grace is a perfect way for describing Aunt Mary Lou. Such a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady.
Love you all.

Suzanne Easterwood

Aunt Mary Lou left a legacy of love, and her children exemplify that love and devotion to family. She will be missed by us all.

Kathy Wilson

Prayers to you and your family at this time in your loss.

Melodye Dobyns

Gretchen, I'm so sorry for your families' lose. Your Mom was in PCS before me, but I understand now where you got your talent and love of music.

Mary-William Baines

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