Elizabeth Ann Gorham Simpson

By on May 29, 2013

90, Moravian Manor resident, teacher

Elizabeth Ann Gorham Simpson, 90, completed the earthly portion of her life May 21, 2013 at Moravian Manor.

Born in Lancaster, Betsy was the daughter of the late Susan Roy Gorham and Francis Aloysius Gorham.

After graduation from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1940, she enrolled in Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Va. She was a member of the Mary Washington Players and the National Honorary Classics Society. As part of the International Relations Club, she participated in a British-American penpal exchange, sending frequent letters and gifts to a young English woman experiencing the difficulties and shortages that pervaded the UK during World War II. Upon graduation from college in 1944, Betsy began teaching at the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. She returned to Lancaster and taught at the Buehrle School before marrying attorney W. Roger Simpson in December, 1949 at St. Mary’s Church in Lancaster. When Roger was recalled to the Navy during the Korean War, they lived in Alexandria, Virginia. Apart from that sojourn, they spent their 46 married years in Lancaster. Roger died in 1996.

Betsy was an active volunteer at Sacred Heart School and parish and at Lancaster Catholic High School. She was a member of the Junior League of Lancaster and the Pennsylvania Catholic Beneficial League. In 1965, she began service as a "Gray Lady" at St. Joseph’s (now Lancaster Regional) Hospital, and continued as a Red Cross Volunteer for 46 years, bringing mail, flowers and her personal greetings to innumerable patients throughout the decades. She was widely known as a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. She enjoyed gardening, history, music, vacations in Avalon, N.J., and a succession of memorable cats.

She is survived by her four children: William Roger "Sil", Jr., husband of Barbara Stank, Lancaster; Susan Frances, wife of Malcolm Brown, Dresher; Thomas George, husband of Daniela Ciceri, Lancaster; and Anne Elizabeth, wife of Curt Suplee, Silver Spring, Maryland. She was extremely fond and inordinately proud of her grandchildren: Elizabeth Anne Brown, New York; Laura Jane Brown, Washington, D.C., Kevin Brown, Alexandria, Va.; Arianna Simpson, New York; Lorenzo Simpson, Lancaster; Samantha and Maria Suplee, Silver Spring, Md.

A brother: George E.R. Gorham, died in 2001.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, on May 29 with Rev. Michael E. Messner as Celebrant. Interment took place at Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509 or to Sacred Heart School, 235 Nevin Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Arrangements by Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz. To send the family online condolences, visit: SnyderFuneralHome.com.

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