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Ida Chico Simpson

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Date published: 3/8/2014

Ida Chico Simpson

Ida Chico Simpson of Stafford County died on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Henry "Hank" Simpson. She is survived by her daughters, Helene Simpson-Chapman and husband Michael and Elise Simpson; and two grandchildren, Micayla and Austin Chapman. She is also survived by her cousin Jose Roman Franqui and his wife, Marilyn Atiles.

Although raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ida had a large and loving extended family in Puerto Rico, where she was born.

Ida attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., where she studied to become a teacher. She transferred to and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. degree in art education before attending George Mason University, where she earned her Master in Fine Arts degree.

She has been a faithful member of Montclair Tabernacle Church of God for 49 years, where she taught Sunday school and children's church, with her husband and children. Ida taught art at Woodbridge Senior and then Gar-Field Senior High Schools for over 39 years until she retired in 2004.

Visitation was held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory, 4143 Dale Blvd. Dale City, VA 22193. A second visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Montclair Tabernacle Church of God, 16120 Dumfries Road, Dumfries VA 22025. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m, at the church. Interment will take place on Monday at Quantico National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ida's honor to the Montclair Tabernacle Church of God Building Fund at montclair tab.org .

Condolences may be sent to mountcastle.net.