Chloris E. Simpson, age 100 (10 days shy of 101), a retired Foreign Service Secretary of Alexandria, VA died February 6, 2020, in Cherrydale Health and Rehab Center. She was born in Worcester, MA, daughter of the late Waldo W. and Ellen M. Simpson and sister of predeceased siblings Lola Connaughton and Jessie Larter. She was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving at the Bureau of Ships, Washington DC, and at the Navy Yard in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1943 – 1946. Her government employment included assignments in Tokyo, Japan and Naha, Okinawa, with the Department of the Army; in Morocco, Spain and at the Pentagon with the Department of the Air Force, and in Vietnam and Egypt with the Department of State (US Agency for International Development). She retired from the Foreign Service in June 1979 after 32 years service. Upon moving to VA, she was briefly employed by AT&T.
Ms. Simpson is a life-long member of the North Grafton United Methodist Church, in North Grafton, MA. Since moving to Virginia, her church affiliation was with the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
Ms. Simpson is survived by one sister, Mrs. Jane Rathburn, of Hopkinton, MA and two brothers, Waldo W. Simpson of Grafton, MA, and John Simpson of North Grafton, MA.
Ms.Simpson maintained her 14th story apartment at Southern Towers in Alexandria, VA for 37 years. She was known for her cuisine, dinner parties, luxurious taste and always being “The Lady” — she even dressed up to pick up her mail! She had her hair coiffured every week and loved shopping at Trader Joes and Giant where she was well respected. She was a self-made woman, fiercely independent, didn’t believe in medications and paid for most everything by check. She loved dining out, being with friends, maintaining close family ties and treating herself to a Bombay Sapphire martini with olive every night.
She will be buried at Arlington Cemetery in accordance with her wishes.