Chelan County Republican leader dies

Fredi Simpson Washington Republican National committeewoman

WENATCHEE — Fredi Simpson, a prominent figure in the Republican Party from the local to national levels, has died.

She was 68.

Her husband, Bruce, confirmed that she had lost her battle with cancer, but he declined an interview.

The Wenatchee resident served as chairwoman of the Chelan County Republican Central Committee and president of the Chelan-Douglas Republican Women.

She also served on the board for the Washington Federation of Republican Women, as vice chairwoman of the state Republicans and as a national committeewoman for the Republican Party.

Simpson attended the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. She also attended President Donald Trump's inauguration; it was her first time at such an event.

In a Facebook post, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee called Simpson "a devoted wife and mother" and "a mainstay" in her party.

"She trusted her life to Jesus and is now in his comforting arms," the post reads. "In fact, it would not surprise us if she took along a few policy recommendations! Rest in peace, Fredi. Your passion, enthusiasm and tireless advocacy will be sorely missed."

The state party also posted to Facebook about Simpson's death.

"Fredi was a dedicated activist who made a lasting impact on our state and nation," the post reads. "She traveled near and far to help our candidates and to serve our party, and her passion was infectious. She was a dear friend to us. Words cannot express how deeply she will be missed. ... While we are heartbroken to lose such an important member of our WSRP family, we take comfort in knowing that Fredi was a true believer and faithful servant of the Lord and that she has gone to live in peace and comfort with her creator."