In Loving Memory…

Janice K. Simpson

Janice Kay Simpson died on December 6, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born October 17, 1942, in Emporia, Kansas the daughter of Martin and Ruth (Meairs) Williamson.  On November 27, 1960, she was married to Robert Simpson who preceded her in death in 2017.

She attended and graduated from the Waverly, Kansas Public School System.  Janice attended Coffeyville Community College where she met her husband.  She followed her husband to various military bases while he was a member of the United States Air Force.  After her husband’s retirement from the United States Air Force she attended State Fair Community College where she received a professional certificate in Word Processing.  She worked at various jobs throughout the years retiring from the James H Drew Corp. after 14 years of service.  She was a member of the League of Woman Voters, The Friends of the Boonslick Library, and the Show-Me Master Gardeners.   She enjoyed working in her flower beds, making up new recipes and reading.

For those of you who knew her, know she loved to read.  Have you ever seen her without a book?  One in the car, probably several on the nightstand, and a pile next to her favorite chair (she called these her desperation reading).  She had several favorite authors of whom she passed along to friends, other book lovers, and even people she didn’t know.  At her death she had a list of all the books she had read from the Boonslick Library since 1999 and it numbered over 4,463.  YES, she really did love to read.

She is survived by two sons, Mitchell Simpson of Jefferson City, John Simpson (Brenda) of Sedalia; one daughter, Jeri Breads of La Monte; one sister, Betty Williamson of Austin Texas; seven grandchildren, Jessica Simpson, Brook Simpson, Lance Schick (Kim), Joshua Hammond (LaShawnda), Haylee Simpson, John Simpson II, Lindsey Breads; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Michell Andrews (Chris), Marsha Fatino and one great-nephew, Aaron Andrews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.

Honorary sisters are Dee Beaumont, Diann Holsten, Barbara Tavener and Sandi Edmundson.

Donations are suggested to the Friends of the Boonslick Library or the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.


  1. Tim and Gina (Gibson) Doogs

    Thinking of your family.

  2. My thoughts are with the entire Simpson family during this difficult time.

  3. I only met her once, but had a really interesting conversation with her. Losing your mom is not easy. Kevin and I will be thinking about you and your family.

  4. Miss Jan will be missed here at Boonslick Library. She was a long time patron, library supporter and above all a friend to all of the staff at the Sedalia Branch. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends.

  5. Karla and Gary Grotzinger

    So sorry for your loss.

  6. Jeri and Lindsey you are in my thoughts and prayers. My love to both of you!

  7. Such a great gal. Met her because of Bob(Barb)at our water class. Prayers are with each of you.

  8. Jeff and Lisa (Hall) Lazenby

    Jeri, John, Mitchell and family so sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers!!

  9. Karla Gibson Billings

    Healing thoughts during this difficult time. May your wonderful memories sustain you all in the days ahead.

  10. Patrick and Mary Muenks

    Mitch, very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time of grief. Hopeful you find comfort in the many memories shared of your mother.

  11. Dana (Wells)Wrenn

    Jeri, and family deeply sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so good to Helen and was never forgotten. Keeping you in prayer for comfort and peace.

  12. Amanda (Brown) Donelson

    Love and prayers to you Jeri and the family. May God’s peace comfort you at this sad time. Remembering your Mother fondly. Love you my friend❤️

  13. John, Brenda, and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you all.

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