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Barbara Simpers

May 5, 1945 — May 13, 2023

Kennett Square


Barbara Ann Simpers, age 78, transitioned peacefully on May 13th, 2023 surrounded by her friends and loved ones after a long battle with cancer. Born in Boardman, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late William Goddard and the late Betty (Brown) Goddard. 

Barbara was a beloved member of the Chester County community and was known for being a wonderful hostess, talented singer, and incredible friend to all. She never knew a stranger, and opened her beautiful home with her husband, Tom, as a bed and breakfast many years ago.  It was aptly named "Fox Quarry" for the limestone quarry on the property that was a refuge for fox, deer, geese, and many other types of wildlife. She partnered with her husband, Tom, to build the Simpers Insurance Agency that has been serving the community since 1937.

She was a talented soprano in the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir for years, an avid gardener as a past president of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, doll maker, jewelry designer, and interior decorator. Those who knew and loved Barb knew about her love for Christmas and the magical home she created one month out of the year as a true Winter Wonderland.

Fox Quarry, while no longer a bed and breakfast, always opened its doors to the community for fundraisers, home tours, wedding celebrations, concerts, and parties that people talk about decades later! She even hosted weekly luncheons for her friends called "Wild Women Wednesdays" and was a member of the BBK jewelry collective.

Barb is survived by her husband of 55 years, Tom; her son, Tommy; her daughter, Liz and her wife, Julie; and her grandchildren, Trey and Tessa.

Family and friends are invited to Barb’s Life Celebration Memorial Service at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Rd., West Chester, PA 19382.  Ladies are encouraged to wear their best costume jewelry and statement necklaces.  

Contributions in Barb's memory can be made to Penn Medicine Hospice online at

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Kennett Square (484-734-8100).  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit 

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Barbara Simpers, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 3, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Westminster Presbyterian Church

10 W Pleasant Grove Rd, West Chester, PA 19382

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