Katherine Margaret Simpson died on November 15, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.
She was born in San Francisco on February 9, 2000. It soon became apparent that the name "Katherine" did not fit the girl, so she was always called Kate or Katy or Kiki.
She spent the first eleven years of her life in the Town of Ross in Marin County, CA.
In 2011, she moved East with her family, where she attended Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT, and King School in Stamford, CT.
On graduating from the Media School at Indiana University in May, Katy moved to Chicago to become Director of Student Services at the Chicago Portfolio School.
This was Katy:
She loved animals but especially dogs and especially Maltese puppies. Her favorite, Bo, continues at this very hour to patrol and protect the family home in Connecticut.
She was organized, precise and attentive to detail. She won her job at the Chicago Portfolio School in part for the way she kerned her type.
She was smart and beautiful and funny. Her humor always carried a hint of subversion. Her laughter was music.
She was brilliantly creative. She might have been a writer or artist or designer or teacher and more.
"Might have been": words that contain all our sorrow.
Peace, Kiki. We will miss you forever.
Katy is survived by parents Christine and Steve Simpson, brother William Simpson of Darien, CT; grandfather Patrick Grippe of Highlands Ranch, CO; Mike, Andrea, Drew and Maddie Grippe of Castle Pines and Denver, CO; Jeff, Ginger, James and Josie of Los Angeles, CA; Keir Simpson of Shelbyville, IN; Tim, Valery and Jimmy Simpson of Albuquerque, NM; Sarah Brown Ferrario and Andrew, Oliver and Isabella Simpson of Silver Spring, MD.
A service celebrating Katy's life will be held at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut, on Friday, December 9 at 2 p.m.
Friends wishing to honor Katy are asked to consider a donation to namict.orgor vibrant.org, formerly the Mental Health Association of New York City. For travel directions or to sign Katy's online guest register book, please visit www.LawrenceFuneralHome.com