Gail J. Simpkins

May 12, 2020

On Friday, May 8, 2020, Gail J. Simpkins, passed away peacefully at the age of 89.

Gail was born on February 11, 1931 in Rose Hill, IA. At the age of 17, Gail married Robert (Bob) Simpkins on November 7, 1948. Together they raised three daughters, in Rockford, IL. Gail worked for the Chrysler plant located in Belvidere, IL for many years and retired in 1981.

Gail had a passion for travel, music, family, and her dogs. After retirement Gail and Bob loved to travel and often brought their family along to enjoy the experience with them. In 2001, Gail and Bob relocated to Pensacola, FL for the beautiful gulf coast. They became proud members of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Gail will be remembered for her beautiful smile, the deep love for her husband and family, her strong Christian faith, and her strong spirit.

Gail was preceded in death by her mother Bertha Belzer and stepfather, Max Belzer. She is survived by husband Robert, her three daughters Tenny Simpkins, Kim (Brian) Ekedahl and Heidi (Phil) Gonska, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Private memorial service will be held.

We would like to say a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers who lovingly took care of Gail for the last five years and Emerald Coast Hospice. Your kindness and compassionate care brought much comfort to our family.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring, may make contributes to Emerald Coast Hospice.


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