Bertha M. Simpson; Kindergarten Teacher

Bertha M. Simpson, a longtime Ventura resident and former kindergarten teacher, died Wednesday.

Born in Hartline, Wash., she lived in Ventura County for 63 years. During the 1930s, she taught kindergarten in Ventura schools and was a music program director.

She had been a member of Community Presbyterian Church of Ventura since 1935, serving in many leadership roles, including as church elder.

Simpson was a member of the Pango Club of Ventura; the Order of the Eastern Star, Ventura/Fillmore Chapter 79; the San Buenaventura Women’s Club; PEO Chapter FZ; and La Estrella Dance Club. She also was a past board member of the YWCA.


She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Wayne A. of Ventura; a son, Richard of Thousand Oaks; a daughter, Marilyn Recupero of San Jose; a brother, David Hughes of Roseville; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura, with the Rev. Edwin Crist of Community Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ventura High School Scholarship Account, c/o Ventura High School, 2155 E. Main St., Ventura, 93001.