Carolyn A. Simpson

June 21, 1944 ‒ August 11, 2017

Granville, Ohio

Carolyn A. Simpson, age 73, of Granville, OH, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, OH. She was born on June 21, 1944 in Williamsport, PA, to the late Arthur and Ethel (Deppe) Baer.

Carolyn was raised in New Jersey and moved to Gambier, OH, at a young age. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Capital University.  Carolyn also earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from Kent State University.  She was a nursing professor at Central Ohio Technical College for 35 years.  She was one of the first 200 certified nursing educators in the nation.  After retiring, Carolyn continued to teach as an Adjunct professor.  She was a member of the Ohio and American Nursing Association and Knox and Licking County Nursing Association, acting as Past President and more recent, Treasurer.  Carolyn was to be inducted as an honorary member of the OADN Academy for Associate Degree Nursing.

Carolyn loved to make jelly, jams and canned food which she would share with her family. She loved attending all her children and grandchildren activities and she was so proud of everything they did.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Bob Simpson; children, John (Diana) Simpson, Carolyn Anne Simpson, Tom (Julie Faber) Simpson; grandchildren, Nicolas, Grace and Melody; a sister, Joan (Robert) Bunsey; brothers, Richard (Mary Francis) Baer, Daniel Baer, John Baer and Arthur (Janet) Baer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home; 201 Newark Rd. Mount Vernon, OH, 43050, where a funeral service will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier, OH.

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  • Hugs to Bob, John & Diana, Tom & Julie, Caroline, Jr., Nick, Grace and Melody. So many great memories with Bob & Teddy. Music, breakfast, the zoo, geek talk, and much more. Love you all. >> John & Karla

  • I don’t have words to say how sorry I am about Aunt Carol. All my love to you, Uncle Bob, Cousins Carol, John, and Tom.

  • Carolyn was one of my first nursing instructors. Later she became a wonderful mentor who supported my goals and encouraged me to become more. Most importantly, she was a good friend who listened and guided me. I’m truly saddened by her passing and praying for comfort for her family and all who loved Carolyn!

  • Mrs. Simpson was an amazing teacher! I am so sorry to the family for your loss. She was a great influence, and a remarkable mentor. She will be greatly missed.

    Thoughts and prayers to her and the family.

    All Best,
    Misty Swendryck
    -Former Student

  • Carolyn, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I pray you can find peace in your memories of her. Gina Cappo & family

  • Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Carolyn touched many lives, including mine, as one of my favorite nursing instructors. I send my thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Carolyn, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother May loving memories and the support of family and friends wrap you in comfort during this time In the notes already written, it shows your mother was a special person.

  • Our deepest sympathies to the family. Carolyn was always inspiring & delightful to be around. I know my mother considered her a dear friend. May her family feel the love, support & comfort during this difficult time along with God’s peace & protective hand. God Bless!

  • My deepest sympathy to the Simpson family. Carolyn was one of my nursing teachers at COTC. I was an LPN working at LMH, she encouraged me and believed in me that I could go on to be an RN. I didn’t think I could. I had been told by an LPN teacher I would not make it to be an RN. So I am so thankful that Mrs. Simpson believed in me, I have now been an RN for 36 years. She was a wonderful person and great teacher.
    You are in my prayers.

    • Thank you Leanne, I’m so glad you met Mom. She loved watching her students grow. She could see when someone really belonged in the field of nursing and did her best to help. She delighted in all of her students and loved to hear how they were doing.

  • We were all so sad to hear this. We will be praying for your family in the hard days ahead. “Miss” Carolyn was so sweet to us whenever we visited the Marcum’s. She will be greatly missed.

    Love to you all,
    The Kentucky Marcum’s

  • On behalf of the Nursing Department of Central Ohio Technical College, we extend our deepest sympathy to Carolyn’s family. Throughout the years, Carolyn has touched students too numerous to count. She has left a lasting and compassionate nursing legacy.

    • Thanks so much. Mom had a deep passion for teaching nursing and loved to see her students do well.

  • Bob, Carolyn and family. The care your wife/mother had for others is a rare gift which she shared with so many. Every one who’s heart she touched will carry her legacy with them. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob, John Carolyn and Tom,
    You have my deepest condolences on the passing of Carolyn. She was my favorite Professor at COTC while I was in the nursing program. She was vibrant and had the best sense of humor. She made learning fun and had a way of putting you at ease. I am the nurse I am today because of this amazing woman, and I am so sad that we have all lost such a precious soul. I will keep you in my prayers in the days and weeks ahead. Cherish the memories you have made over the years, because they will help you get through the hard days. Know that she is watching down on all of you with all her love. She will remain with you in your hearts always. My deepest sympathies.

    Leigh Anne Manter

  • I was very sad to see this news! Carolyn was such a wonderful mentor to me during my time at COTC in nursing school. May she rest easy knowing that she positively impacted so very many people on their journey to become an RN. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family during this time of sorrow.

    Shari Leis RN (COTC ADRN Class of 2003)