Mona Ann Simpson Bakke 1928-2017

Mona Ann Simpson Bakke joined her Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Mona was born on July 12, 1928 in Virginia, MN. She met her husband, Burt Bakke, on a blind date during his college days. Together, they lived in St. Paul, MN, Excelsior Springs, MO, Brooklyn, NY, Ridgefield Park, NJ, Lafayette, NY, Silver Spring, MD, Lusby, MD, and Spring Hill, FL.

Mona moved to Gainesville, VA in 2003 and her final resting years were in her own, private “lady’s cottage” at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Guyre, on their pastoral Lovettsville, VA farm.

Best known for her quick wit, active lifestyle, and creative spirit, Mona was an active, lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church and was a dedicated contributor to youth, the elderly, and families in need through organizations such as Unbound ( and Boys Town ( Memorial contributions may be made to either of these organizations in lieu of flowers.

Mona was the daughter of the late Margaret Lazella and Ivan Simpson of Virginia, MN. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Burton F. Bakke in 2002 and her sister, Ivanna Simpson Dunckel of Roseville, MN. She is survived by her older sister, Norine Simpson Downey of Sarasota, FL.

Her surviving children are Denise Bakke Mitchell (J. Robert Mitchell), Susan Bakke Guyre (David C. Guyre), Bart F. Bakke (Donna K. Alquiza Bakke). Mona is the grandmother of five grandchildren: Jacob Bryant Bakke, Jeffrey Lucas Bakke, Brett Austin Mitchell, Mary Grace Guyre, and Luke Christian Guyre. Mona was blessed with one great-grandchild, Michele Blythe Bakke. The family wishes to thank those who made her last days comfortable and palliative including her caregivers, Wbrhan Demesse and Hyat Ousman.

Mona was a lady of truly sterling character and will be missed so very much by all who knew her.

Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.

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