Diane Simpkins, age 80 years, went to be with her heavenly Father Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, 2018, from her home in Ponca City.
She was the second child born to Delos Warren Simpkins and Gertrude Rose Dietle Simpkins on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1937, in Pawhuska.
She and her brother, Warren, grew up on her father’s Osage allotment ranch west of Pawhuska. Later, the family moved to Tulsa, where she attended kindergarten and elementary school until the family moved to Bartlesville. In 1954, she attended College High. In 1955, she attended Daycroft, a Christian Science sponsored school in Stamford, Conn. While there, she organized their school library with the Dewey Decimal System. Her senior year was spent in Tulsa until October when she moved to live with her grandmother, Sadie Simpkins Hanson and graduated from Shidler High School in 1956. She attended Central State College in Edmond in 1957.
In Ponca City, she worked for Dr. Ray Lessert, DVM, Higdon’s Florist and Irene’s Custom Drapes. Next, she opened her own pet supply store, later adding her own grooming shop which she named Skip’s Clip Joint.
She loved all wildlife and rescued a variety of animals. She was especially proud of her Osage and Cherokee Native American heritage. She ran for the Osage Council in 1974.
She was a member of the Catholic Church.
She was proud to be an American, believed in our Flag, was a member of the NRA and proud of Ponca City and Oklahoma. She served her community working with the youth, the Girl Scouts, the Ponca City Art Association, the Fine Arts Festival, the Humane Society and the Standing Bear Foundation. She was always available to help her family and friends. She never met a stranger. She was unique. She loved to share with others, examples include: A car full of books to the Kaw City Library, she gave a Steinway baby grand piano to the Lynn Baptist Church in Pawhuska and she donated many items to the Hope Ranch, the Pioneer Woman Museum, the Frank Phillips Home in Bartlesville, the Ponca City Senior Center, the Constantine Theater in Pawhuska, the Saline Courthouse, the Tulsa Historical Society and the University Learning Center in Ponca City.
She is survived by her brother, Joel Warren (Simpkins) Martin and his wife Darlene, of Grove; four nieces, Cydney Martin Kirby Walvoord, of Newark, Texas; Jennifer Kirby Goranson, husband Mike and children Alex and Kara, of Newcastle; Diane Louise Jacobs and her daughters Christiana and Nevaeh, of Cisco, Texas and Justin Marie Walvoord Kirby Lara, husband Toni and children Cydney, Robert and Liliana, of Boyd, Texas; two nephews, Kirkland James Martin; and Shawn Delos Kirby and daughter Ramee, of Newark, Texas; adopted nephew, John Beebe, of Oklahoma City; her friend and companion, Emma Lou Stiver, of Ponca City and her Chihuahua, “Coco”.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Warren Delos Simpkins and Sadie Sidney DeNoya Simpkins, Thomas Sylvester Dietle and Freda Helen Reim Dietle and her nephew, Joel Philip Martin.
She requested a private family graveside service with officiant the Rev. Deva Undralla. Burial in the Simpkins lot in Pawhuska City Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26. Arrangements through Kendrick McCartney Johnson Funeral Home in Pawhuska.
Her family would like to thank all of the ladies who took care of her the past few years and Hospice of North Central Oklahoma.