WESTBROOK – Norma F. Simpson, 83, died peacefully surrounded by family Friday, Nov. 5.

She was born in Portland, Dec. 19, 1920, the daughter of Jasper and Maude Pellett Fulton. She graduated from Deering High School.

Mrs. Simpson began her work career at Porteous, Mitchell and Braun. In 1948, along with her husband, Donald, they opened the family-owned restaurant in Westbrook, Simpson’s Grove, where she was the business manager and pastry cook.

They later opened a second one in North Windham. Upon closing the restaurant in 1971, she went on to a retail career at Owen Moore, where she was an assistant manager. She did all this while bringing up seven children.

Her husband, Donald Simpson, died in 2002.

Mrs. Simpson was a strong woman who always encouraged her children to live life to the fullest. She encouraged them to be independent, and to fulfill their dreams. “If you want to travel, then TRAVEL!”

She is survived by daughters, Sandra Record and husband, Dr. N. Burgess Record, of Wilton, Susan Harvey and husband Roger, Sally Plourde and husband, Stephen, and Sheryl Simpson, all of Westbrook; sons, David of Pittsfield, Mass., Donald and wife, Jan, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jeffrey and wife, Carolyn, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, Dan and wife, Ann Elise, Deb and husband to be, Jeff, Chris and wife, Angela, Elizabeth, Natalie, Patricia, Peter, Bobby, Jennifer, Julie, Ashley, Jessie, Nikki, Kristi, Annie and Shannon; 10 great-grandchildren; and also a special family friend, Bill Towne.

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