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Obituary: Linda Jean Simpson of Stuttgart

Linda Jean Simpson, known to all who loved her as Jeannie, departed this earth on June 8, 2022. Jeannie was born on February 2, 1950 in Fresno, California to Robert and Bonita Simpson, both of whom preceded her in death along with her siblings Bob Simpson, Carolyn Strange, Johnny Simpson, Mike Simpson, Ann McCarty, and Tony Simpson.

As the third of Robert and Bonnie’s nine children, Jeannie became a caregiver to each of her younger siblings at an early age. She willingly and graciously fulfilled her role as a daughter and big sister, giving of herself tirelessly as she helped support the family through migrant farming, cotton picking, and other jobs. Jeannie graduated from Portageville High School in 1967 before working at Headstart and earning enough money to attend the University of Missouri on her own. She attended the University of Missouri at Columbia for two years before she gave in to her mother Bonnie’s request to return home in order to financially and emotionally support her and her five younger siblings. Jeannie continued to dedicate herself to the service of others and worked tirelessly throughout her remaining years, always giving what she had to support those in need and genuinely believing that the good she did was always returned trifold.

Jeannie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Hope and Preston Barnett and their two sons, Addison and Colby Barnett; her daughter Charity Simpson and her significant other Brian Capps; her sisters Pam Jones and Rhonda Methvin; her beloved relatives Tom Strange and Doris Simpson; many nieces and nephews; and her friends and family at Celebrate Recovery and Stuttgart Harvest Church. Jeannie dearly loved each of these people along with her many cherished friends throughout her life, declaring in her final days that her deepest wish was for people to know she cared about them. Though she never claimed to have an easy life, Jeannie always believed it to be a good and rewarding one as she considered herself highly favored to have been blessed with so many friends and loved ones throughout her life.

Jeannie loved puzzles and card games, both of which she grew to love as a child when funds were limited and only the resourceful could find ways to keep themselves entertained. She maintained this resilience throughout her life and considered herself an aficionado of puzzles and cards, often inviting others to “pick your poison”. Jeannie served as a source of support for all who knew her and like George Bailey in her all-time favorite movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, she regularly sacrificed her own comforts and desires to benefit those in need. She loved the people around her, loved working to add value to their lives, and above all else, loved her children, Hope and Charity, dearly. Jeannie was grateful to know her lord and savior Jesus Christ and took solace knowing that she was a child of the King.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a place where all those in need can receive care and never be expected to pay anything in return, an approach that deeply resonated with Jeannie throughout her life.

Jeannie will be remembered by friends and family at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11th at Stuttgart Harvest Church located at 607 South Park Avenue, Stuttgart, AR 72160. Friends are invited to join family members later that afternoon at 4 p.m. for a Celebration of Life to share stories and memories of Jeannie over snacks at The Church at North Hills located at 1111 North Main Street, Stuttgart, AR 72160.

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