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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
6:30 - 9:00pm (Central time)
Martina Louise Carver Simpson, much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Martina Louise Carver Simpson lost her long battle with the scourge of Alzheimer's on October 15, 2023.
She was a tireless volunteer, a pioneering professional, a staunch feminist and the nicest person you could ever hope to meet.
Survived by Earl Simpson, her husband of 62 years, sister Gerie Bell, brothers Steve & Tim Carver, daughters Teresa Dunsmore (with husband David and his daughter Destiny & her kids), and Melissa Kaye Shaw (with husband Bob and his five children & their kids), granddaughters Samantha Garcia, Jasmine Haelen, Jessica House and great granddaughters Gabrielle Howe, and (soon to arrive) Eliana House.
Martina was preceded in death by her daughter Cheryl Haelen, and parents Luther & Henrietta Carver.
Tina married Earl in 1961, and started her family right out of high school. She began college in the mid 1970's as an adventurous older student that competed nationally on the College of DuPage debate team. She eventually earned a Communications Degree from Northern Illinois University, and also an Associate's Degree in Data Processing.
Tina was one of the early computer networking support persons at Enron and later EDS and HP from which she retired. Informally known as the "network goddess," she also prevented incalculable suffering by teaching people how to reboot.
Tina was a long-time member of the Association of University Women, and worked at their Expanding Your Horizons event for over a decade. She was also active in gourmet, book club and investment groups and could Zumba three times in a row.
Tina and Earl loved to travel and camped over most of the US when their kids were young. Later they visited most of Europe by train.
Tina and Earl loved to square-dance and were members of the Hey Lollies Club.
Tina was kind and loving to all. She loved to go on cruises, and was once the winner in an onboard sex trivia contest. She was an incredibly unique individual, whom we were all proud to know and love. We were so lucky to have her and she will be sorely missed.