AMITY - Joan Lena (Ewings) (Small) Simpson, 83, died August 5, 2015. She was born January 7, 1932 in Merrill, ME, the daughter of Charles R. Sr. and Vada (Lewin) Ewings. She was a graduate of Oakfield High School. Joan received her CNA and took great joy in taking care of others throughout her life and was well known for her amazing cooking skills, most notably her cherry donuts! She loved her grand babies especially.
Joan is survived by her children: Lola (Small) and Robert Wright of N. Berwick, Richard (Dick) and Kimberly Small of Monticello; grandchildren: Andrew, Heath, Angel, Jen, Ben, Chris, Becky & Carole; 22 great grandchildren; brothers: Gilbert & Jeanette of Montana, Garth & Anita of Washington; sisters: Ada Barnes of E. Millinocket, Charity & Ken Hayes of Oregon and Darlene Dillon of Texas; sister-in-law Druscilla Ewings of Merrill as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by her parents, husbands: Richard Small, Sr. and Earl Simpson; a son, Rollie Small; brothers: Frank, Merle, Lester, Fred, and Charles Jr.; and sisters: Alice, Elinor, Gail and Jean.
The family would like to thank the staff of Madigan Estates for taking exceptional care of their Mom.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, August 11, 2015 at Bowers Funeral Home in Houlton with Pastor Jason Rooney officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriners Childrens Hospital, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114. For online guestbook and condolences please visit
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