The family of a young mom who died of cancer plans to carry on her legacy for her three children. Stacy Simpson, 23, of Utica, passed away on January 18th, 2024, leaving behind a community in mourning. Her smile, grace, humor, and joy will never be forgotten. As Stacy is laid to rest tomorrow, there are many ways you can help this grieving family.

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In the short time Stacy Simpson was being treated for cancer, she never lost hope. She went to the hospital on December 4th for what they believed was a routine surgery for appendicitis. They discovered much more. Along with many other complications, they found cancer. It was aggressive and there was no cure, but there was hope. Stacy went into fight mode. Besides her fiance' Gus, she had three reasons to live—her small children, ages 1 year, 3 years, and 5 months old. Odessa, Opal, and Onyx needed their mom. Everyone who knew and loved Stacy needed her.

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DEVASTATING CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Stacy Simpson from Utica, Kentucky, has been described as vibrant and outgoing, sassy, giving, strong, sweet, loving, funny, and spiritual. Those attributes were essential over the last several weeks. She was in the fight of her young life, but she wasn't alone. Luckily, she was surrounded by family, friends, and the community every step of the way. She desperately needed support after being given a stage four colon cancer diagnosis. After their entire world was turned upside down, hope always remained.

"The cancer is more aggressive and invasive than we thought. There is no cure. There is only treatment.", Hannah, her sister, shared

They just wanted more time, but it wasn't to be.

"Stacy gained her wings on 1/18/2024. Please consider helping out her family during this difficult time and keep Gus, Odessa, Opal, and Onyx in your prayers."

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GOFUNDME SET UP FOR THE FAMILY

This is a humble family, and besides prayers, would never ask anyone for anything. But, that's not how it goes when you have a tribe of people wanting to help. When you find out someone you love is suffering it's devastating. You want to do anything to help ease their pain. This is a great way to support them through their grieving and healing process. When something devastating like this happens, it puts into perspective what's important in life.

"If you can donate, it's so greatly appreciated. If you can't, your prayers mean more than anything to us. We thank every person for their generosity. God bless." Hannah shared on the GoFundMe page

100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Kirk family.

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MEAL TRAIN DAYS AVAILABLE

While Gus, Odessa, Opal, and Onyx work through their grief, here's another way to help. Although they're heartbroken, they need to eat and stay healthy during this difficult time. There are dates set up to provide meals for the family.

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SERVICES

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The funeral will follow immediately after the visitation.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory
900 Old Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303

Life is fragile, so celebrate every day to the fullest. Tributes continue to pour in. #neverforget #stacystrong

OLE SOUTH BARBEQUE CLOSES FOR FUNERAL

Stacy was beloved and respected by her coworkers at Ole South Barbeque. Her infectious laugh, dedicated work ethic, enthusiastic spirit, driven mentality, and loving nature will never be forgotten.

"We will be CLOSED TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd from 11:00-4:00 so our employees can attend the funeral of Stacy Simpson, our beloved employee/manager. She passed away at the young age of 23 after being diagnosed with cancer. Please include her family, 3 young children, and all who loved her in your prayers. Thank you."

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TRIBUTES CONTINUE TO POUR IN

Everyone in the community followed her journey and prayed for a miracle. The miracle everyone hoped for didn't come, but without a doubt, she's dancing with the angels in heaven today. The lives she's touched will never be the same.

Remembering Stacy Simpson of Utica, Kentucky

Stacy Simpson always put everyone before herself. She deeply cared about how everyone around her was doing, even on her sickest days. In the weeks leading up to her death, and through everything she was dealing with, her smile shined bright. She was a fighter. She wanted to live so badly and didn't want to see people hurting, even if she was in pain. Her selflessness will never be forgotten by those who loved her the most.

Gallery Credit: Barb Birgy

Now, go rest high on that mountain. Your work on earth is done. #angel

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