Martha Leppi Simpson – Obituary

By  | February 6, 2019 | Filed under: Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Obituaries

Martha Leppi Simpson, 92, of Grant, passed away Tuesday. She was born to Anna and Matt Leppi on Sugar Island, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Lt. Colonel Russell A. Simpson, and her daughter, Catherine Ann Patterson Yokley. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: John, Arnold, Louis and Reino Leppi, and two sisters: Helga Granger and Helvie Bullock.

Martha Simpson is survived by her son, Dr. Russell A. Simpson, Jr., his wife, Lynn Blue Simpson of Huntsville; sister, Irja Wuestnick and husband, Earl, of Linden, MI; six grandchildren: Stacy Patterson Carlone, Kelly Patterson Trahan, Audra Yokley Hamel, Taylor Yokley, Caitlin Simpson, Ryan Simpson; two great-grandchildren, Zoe Trahan and Catherine Hamel; and eleven nieces and nephews.

Martha “Marty” was an avid golfer until the age of 85. She received numerous tournament awards, broke 80 twice, and had two holes-in-one. Also, Martha’s passion was to ride BMW motorcycles as a passenger with her husband. Together, they rode in every state in the US, except Hawaii. Martha was a member of both the National and AL State BMW Motorcycle Clubs as “Pioneer” and as “Ambassador”. She served 35 years as Secretary-Treasurer of the local BMW club. Above all, Martha’s greatest joy was her family, who were the loves of her life. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 9 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, with the funeral following in the chapel.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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