When Mickey Simpson retired from the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension office in McClain County, a wealth of experience walked out the door.
In short, she left big shoes to fill.
Simpson spent 28 of her 34 years with the Extension service in McClain County.
In addition to serving as the Extension educator for family and consumer science,she shouldered responsibility as the county’s Extension director.
She was advisor to McClain County’s Oklahoma Home and Community Education groups, planning and organizing countless OHCE meetings and events.
She worked tirelessly on the McClain County Free Fair, coordinating events and overseeing all OHCE and open class entries.
She was also an invaluable resource for the county’s 4-H program, helping countless 4-H youth and their families with any task.
Simpson helped 4-H members achieve their highest goals, including election to state office.
“My 4-H career would not have been the same without Mickey,” said McClain County 4-H alumna and volunteer Jackalyn Elliott. “She was always so kind, helpful and supportive. If not for her, I wouldn’t have been a state 4-H officer.”
Before her retirement on June 28, Simpson was teaching a weekly arthritis exercise class at the Extension office in Purcell.
She also taught Co-Parenting for Resilience classes and helped plan and organize several multi-county events such as Reality Check and Make ‘N’ Take.
Simpson and her husband, Gordon, have two daughters – Suzanne Bodine and Kara Simpson.