Margaret Frances Simpson, 99

Margaret Frances Simpson, 99, of Millsboro, Del. formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully on May 6, 2018. Born on Aug. 28, 1918, in Stockton, Md., this was her 100th year.

Simpson was a woman of strong faith. After raising her family in Wilmington, she spent the last nearly 50 years “at the beach” in Delaware, where she was instrumental as a charter member of the Long Neck United Methodist Church. She took great pride in raising money through yard sales, bake sales and chicken-and-dumpling dinners, to help raise money for the church building fund.

Simpson loved planting flowers, raising vegetables and birdwatching with her great love, Lesley — the perfect cat! She was an avid reader, and enjoyed visits from friends and relatives. She had a steady stream of grandchildren in the summer visiting “Mom Mom” and “Pop Pop.” She was always happy to cook up your catch of the day, as long as someone cleaned the fish.

She was known for her cooking. She would start in the kitchen early to prepare food for anyone hungry. She loved baking bread and cooking for holidays. She was still preparing food for this past Thanksgiving and Christmas. Her family loved the slippery dumplings.

Simpson was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll B. Simpson; her parents, Florence Priscilla and William Henry Dryden; and her sons-in-law Stanley McMinn and William Bernard; as well as her 13 brothers and sisters.

Simpson is survived by her four daughters, Carole Ann McMinn, Joan Bernard, Priscilla Parker and her husband, James, and Susan LaFontaine and her husband, Roy; her grandchildren, William McMinn, Robert McMinn, Michael McMinn, Stephen McMinn, Ted Elder, Susan Liebesman, Amy Elliott and Jamie Parker; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and good friends; and Lesley, her cat.

A visitation will be held Friday, May 11, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., with the funeral at 10:30 a.m., at the Long Neck U.M. Church, 32051 Long Neck Road Millsboro, Del. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, Del. Flowers are welcomed, as are memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at