In Memory of Andy Simpson
On Sunday, June 26, 2016, we lost Antigone "Andy" Simpson. Andy and her husband Dr. Raymond "Bud" Simpson started a tradition of supporting and promoting tennis in the Alton area over 60 years ago that has been continued by their children, grandchildren, and those that they have touched during that time. Andy always had a kind word to say and her love for people - often manifested through her support of tennis players - was enjoyed by everyone in her presence. The Simpson Memorial Tennis Program mourns the passing of a wonderful friend and will accept the challenge of continuing the Simpson legacy of improving our community through tennis generosity.
(Read more about Andy.)
The family asked that instead of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Simpson Memorial Tennis Fund maintained by the City of Alton.
Thank you to the following people who donated over $3,000 in Andy's memory. These funds will be used to refurbish the Bud Simpson Tennis Center in Gordon Moore Park in 2017 (Learn more about project.)
Gaye & Barry Julian
Bob & Sharon Jourdain
Pat & Irene McLaughlin
Miles & Mary Yanta
John & Angie Durland
Gene & Leanne Ridolfi
Gwyn & Ray Thorpe
Antigone "Andy" Kodros Simpson (Jan 31, 1924 - June 26, 2016)
(Reprinted from Elias, Kallal & Schaaf on July 2, 2016)
Antigone "Andy" Simpson passed away peacefully Sunday evening, June 26, 2016 at Godfrey Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Godfrey, IL.
Born on January 31, 1924, Andy was the daughter of John and Irene (Pantanges) Kodros of Andros, Greece.
She was the youngest of 7 children, with 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She was educated in the Alton schools and attended Shurtleff College, majoring in Business. Andy had a beautiful smile that could light up a room. She greeted everyone she met with a warm hug and a kind word. Her love of Alton was demonstrated by the many volunteer hours she dedicated to various community organizations. She was a member of the White Cross Auxilliary of Alton Memorial Hospital and a Gift Shop volunteer for 40 years, St. Anthony's Hospital volunteer, Salvation Army Advisory Board and Bell Ringer, Alton Community Service League, Lewis and Clark Community College Statue Commission Board, Community representative of Alton Little Theater, Alton Pak and Recreation Tennis Committee, Usher and Greeter at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, past Treasurer of Alton Dance Club and former President of the Madison County Medical Auxiliary. Andy was honored to be a YWCA Woman of Distinction and a Riverbend Head Start Circle of Care Award recipient with her late sister, Anna Beach. Andy and Anna were also Grand Marshalls of the Alton Memorial Day Parade. She received the Community Builder's Award from the Franklin Masonic Lodge and the Kimmel Community Service Award from SIUE. She was inducted into the Alton High School Hall of Fame for her loyal support of Alton High athletics, especially tennis and basketball.
On April 19, 1947, Andy married Raymond "Bud" Simpson in Dallas, TX. He preceeded her in death on June 12, 1982.
Andy's love of tennis began when she fell in love with Bud. She was honored when Lewis and Clark Community College named their tennis facility the "Andy Simpson Tennis Complex" for her many volunteer hours and financial support. Area tennis players knew that Andy would always be there to cheer them on and bring them bananas and Pay Day candy bars for nourishment. She also shared her delicious baklava with many lucky members of the community.
Surviving her are daughter-in-law, Nancy Simpson of Alton, grandaughter, Kate Simpson of Vennice, CA, grandson, Rob Simpson of Denver, CO.
Along with her parents and husband, she is preceeded in death by her son, Dr. Robert Simpson, three brothers, Gus, Bill, and Archie Kodros, three sisters, Mary Malone, Diamond Stavros and Anna Beach.