Francie Loretta Simpson Grimes, 71, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, was called home Friday, September 29, 2023. She was born October 2, 1951, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the late Hazel Agnes (Williams) and Frank Anthony Bauer.
She was devoutly Catholic and graduated Mount St. Mary Academy in 1970. She found love at 18 and started a family, became a loving mother, devoted homemaker, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had a creative and artistic spirit, and was an ardant fan of primitive decor. She found a thrill in the hunt at bargain and thrift shops. Her mind was always designing, crafting, and praying.
Francie’s memory is honored by her former husband and lifelong friend, Jeffrey N Simpson of North Little Rock AR; her two sons Jessie G Simpson of Lonoke AR; and Jacob A A Simpson; her “only & favorite” daughter-in-law, Jacob’s wife Cherie L (Buchman) both of Maumelle AR; her granddaughter Emily J Simpson (Drew A Pearson) of Springfield MO; her grandson Osiris F T Silbermann (Simpson) of Maumelle AR; and her cherished great-granddaughter Adelynn J Pearson (dau of Emily and Drew) of Springfield MO; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Jane A Moak (Jerry); and Mary A Harpending (Steve); and a second husband Robert W Grimes.
Francie’s wish was to be cremated and to hold no service. Instead, the family will hold a private gathering to celebrate her life at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Washington and Dr. Wilder for their medical care and compassion, and CARTI for their advanced cancer care.
“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” – Oliver Goldsmith
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com