CARMEL – Sarah W. "Dr. Sally" Simpson, D.O., 95, wife of the late Dr. Charles W. Simpson, died peacefully Feb. 21, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1916, in New Britain, Conn., daughter of Ralph and Eva (Jackson) Willcox.
Sally graduated from Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1937. She married Charles W. Simpson Nov. 6, 1938, and opened her first practice in Newport in the same year until 1951, when she moved to Carmel, where she practiced until retiring in 1987. Dr. Sally was modest about her professional accomplishments. She was passionate about serving anyone who needed a house call, and worked tirelessly. Many will remember her for delivering generations of babies. She was
president of Maine Osteopathic Association, 1985-1986; Maine Osteopathic Association Practitioner of the Year Award, 1974; received the Distinguished Service Award in 1979, appointed to the Board of Osteopathic Examination and Registration in 1980, received the Pioneer of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 and Associated Hospital Service Award. Dr. Sally was the health officer for Carmel, chief of staff at J.A. Taylor Osteopathic Hospital, co-chair of the hospital’s obstetrical department and a life member of Order of the Eastern Star, Nokomis Chapter No. 42, Newport.
Sally is survived by her daughter, Roberta S. Perley of Carmel; her son, John C. Simpson and his wife, Doreen, of Exeter; three grandsons, Allen Perley, Robert Perley and wife, Sonia, all of Carmel, and William C. Simpson of Exeter; one granddaughter, Stephanie Butler of Newport; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Constance Parent.
A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Pastor Barbara Chodkowski of Carmel Union Congregational Church officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments after the service at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Gifts in Dr. Sally’s memory may be sent to Carmel Union Congregational Church, P.O. Box 111, Carmel, ME 04419, for the carpet fund. Condolences to the family may be expressed at