Simpson, Freddie

Freddie Ruth Kennedy Self Simpson

December 15, 1923 - January 6, 2022

Freddie Ruth Kennedy Self Simpson of Plano, Texas passed away at her residence on January 6, 2022 at the age of 98.  She was born the third of 11 children to Fred and Mary Elva (Robbins) Kennedy in Clear Lake, Texas (which is now under Lake Lavon).

Freddie graduated from Princeton High School in 1942.  She then joined the US Cadet Nurse Corps in 1944 and became a registered nurse like her two older sisters.  On May 16, 1947 she married J.E. Self in Dallas, Texas. They had six children and in 1958 they transferred to Upland, California for J.E.’s job with General Electric Jet Engine Group.  Freddie worked as an RN on the pediatric unit of San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland until she retired in 1979.  After the tragic death of their daughter, Beth, in October 1979, J.E. was transferred to Troon, Scotland as a field rep for GE Jet Engines.  They loved Scotland and probably drove every inch of it and were also able to travel to numerous places in Europe.  In 1982, they came back to the US with J.E.’s job and lived in Midwest City, Oklahoma until J.E. retired.  In 1985, they came home to Texas and settled in Plano.  They had a fun-filled retirement and did lots of traveling in their RV with cats Betsy and Oliver and Freddie’s sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Loren Odle, until J.E.’s death in 1995.  In March 1998, Freddie married Keen Simpson, Jr. and they had 16 happy years together until his death in 2014.

Freddie loved to quilt and always had a crossword puzzle in her lap and didn’t miss her 4:30 wine time.

She is survived by her children, Jerry Self of Edmonton Alberta, Canada, Stan Self and wife, Connie of Emory, Texas, Bobby Self and wife, Kelly of Susanville, California, Charles Bradley Self of Plano, Texas, and Robin Walden of Plano, Texas; brother, Lonnie Kennedy of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Lois Kennedy Betterton of McKinney, Texas; sister, Christa Beth Bailey of Carrollton, Texas; grandchildren, Michael Walden, Lisa Walden, Jason Self, Sarah Self, Kenny Self, Garrett Self, and Jensen Beth Self; 15 great grandchildren; one great grandson; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Freddie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.E.; husband, Keen; daughter, Mary Beth Ranes; brothers, Jack, Charlie, and Rayford Kennedy; sisters, Geraldine Odle, Frances Maas, Birdie Moorhead and Patricia Hay.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas for anyone who would like to attend.  Family and friends are invited to Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home at their convenience on Friday to pay their respects and to sign the register book.

At a later date to be determined, Freddie’s family will hold a celebration of her life.

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To Robin, Jerry, Bob, Stan, and Brad and everyone who mourns the loss of Aunt Freddie, Aunt Freddie was always a woman that I admired and loved. Every time you came in from California or Scotland, I was excited to see you, but especially that tall, slender, elegant, graceful, beautiful Aunt of mine. She was a true lady in every sense of the word. I loved her slow way of talking. She was so soft spoken and always - always - had a smile on her face. Not once did I ever hear her say a cross word. Uncle Ekus really found him a sweet angel in your Mom. They complemented each other well. You all cherished yourr Mom and took such good care of her and it was evident in everything you did. "THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” She will be missed so much. Linda (Self) Rodgers, January 14, 2022 Great Aunt Freddie always had a smile and was so sweet and caring. She will be missed. Courtney McDonald , January 13, 2022 One of my favorite memories of Aunt Freddie was when Uncle Loren took Aunt Geraldine and us to The Arboretum in Dallas. We toured the home and enjoyed the seemingly endless beds of tulips. They were all fun to be with. Sue Kennedy, January 13, 2022 Freddie Ruth is a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. I remember back in the 60s when the Self family living on the South side of the tracks of Upland along with the Hurndon family. Always walked to school and would walk past their house and I would see the most beautiful woman dressed to the nines rushing her kids off to school and I would wave to her. She always waved back and always says hello and have a great day at school. My mother worked for Freddie Ruth at the hospital and my dad would go pick my mom up and take us kids in and Freddie Ruth always handed us candy. She was the nicest person I have ever met. Loved her so much. Freddie you will be missed by all. Fly high mum.
Debra Pfeifer, January 13, 2022 Freddie Ruth was a wonderful person. She loved her family and every time I saw her she was smiling. I know she will be greatly missed by all. Cheers in heaven, Freddie Ruth.
Jody Rhoton, January 12, 2022 To the Family: My heart aches for each of you as you mourn the loss of your Mom/Grandmother/best friend Freddie Ruth. A full life, well lived. May your spirits be lifted knowing she was truly a part of that Greatest Generation. Deepest sympathy.
Jimmie Ranes, January 12, 2022