Vonda Simpson


Vonda (White) Simpson, 96, of Cheney, passed away Sept. 10, 2022, at the age of 96.

She was born on the farm on April 18, 1926, to Alvina and Fred White. She was the older sister to her little brother, Ira, when he joined the family in 1936.
Vonda graduated from Arkansas City High School during the war and became a teacher to help fill the educational need. On July 15, 1951, she married Robert (Bob) Simpson in her home church, Mount Hope, Geuda Springs. They moved to the farm in Conway Springs for several years. Their children, Orlan Lee Simpson, joined them in September 1952, and Lavonne in August 1954.
The young family relocated several times, living on the farm, the filling station on Hwy 166, and teaching positions until settling in Haysville on 71st Street in 1961. Vonda taught third and fourth graders at Rex Elementary for 26 years until her retirement. In 1993, Vonda and Bob moved to Cheney and were welcomed as part of the community.
Vonda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Bob in January 1999; and her son, Orlan, in September 2006.

Vonda is survived by her daughter, Lavonne (Richard) Wells; former daughter-in-law, Mary (Al) Youngers; five grandchildren: Jennie (Dustin) Nichols, Liz (Lance) Whitlock, Lance (Carrissa) Wells, Heather (Brian) House, and Chris (Laura) Simpson; great-grandchildren, Lane (Hannah) Nichols, Logan (Camille) Nichols, Liam Nichols, Abby Whitlock, Lexi Whitlock, Colton Wells, Nathan Wells, Owen Wells, Tanna Wells, Millicent House, Mavis House, Henrik House, Jaxon Simpson, and Sawyer Simpson; and great-great-grandchildren, Leah Nichols and Tatum Nichols.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, from the Cheney United Methodist Church with the Rev. Aaron Duell, pastor, officiating. Graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Geuda Springs.

Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.

Memorials have been established with the Cheney United Methodist Church or the Cheney Public Library.