Mary Louise Simmons

February 13, 1915 ‒ January 25, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Mary Louise Simmons was delivered from her earthly body to the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ Wednesday night January 25, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was 101.

She was born February 13, 1915 to parents Milo & Clara (Berger) Howard in Marengo. After graduating from Mount Gilead High School with the class of 1933, she was employed as a secretary with the Morrow County Extension Service and later Headwaters Soil Conservation District.

On September 9, 1945, she married John T. Simmons and they shared 64 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2010. Now they are together again.

For 45 years, the couple made their home on the Meri-Jon Farm in Perry Township before retiring to Lexington in 1990. She was a member of Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church, Williamsport Grange #1815 and was active in school and community organization in the Johnsville area.

She is survived by a daughter Becky Simmons of Lexington; sons Bob (Linda) Simmons of Shelby and Tom (Carol) Simmons of Galion; grandchildren Scott Simmons of Columbus, Chad (Susan) Simmons of Columbus, John (Nicole) Simmons of Ashland, Troy Simmons of Shelby, Dana (Josh) Adkins of Shelby, Debra (Terry) Redick of Mt. Gilead, Dennis (Karen) Shoaf of Mt. Gilead and Candace (Mike) Irwin of Mt. Gilead; 16 great grandchildren.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Gerald Howard, Hubert Howard and Gladys Porterfield.

The Simmons family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Mary Louise’s life will begin immediately at 12 p.m. Pastors Karen Wagenhals and Ray Linn will speak. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made at the funeral. Please, make checks payable to Johnsville Grace UM Church.

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  • So Sorry for your lost. I know how you feel. When we just lost mom. Sending Prayers.

  • What a wonderful lady! Always remember them on the farm and I’d always stop in to see if she could spare a few buns! My nose never failed me and neither did her baking! Great family- happy she is with “butterboy” (John)! I will miss her

  • So sorry for your loss! It is not any easier the older they are! Prayers for your family!

  • Deepest sympathy to the Simmons family in the loss of this precious lady! Always such a gentle soul but a real warrior when it came to prayers. You knew there were blessings ahead if you were in one of her prayers, I always said she had a hot line straight to Jesus. So many memories of her, a few of them have ran down my cheeks today but they were happy ones. The reunion in heaven is gigantic right about now! You all are in my thoughts and prayers…hugs

  • Very sorry for your loss. I remember those Thanksgivings in the basement of the Bellville bank. May we never forget the strong family values instilled in us by those in Mary’s generation. God’s blessings to you all!
    Dave & Sharon Chase

  • Such a warm, gracious and kind lady, your mom — one of a kind. I will always treasure my memories of her (and I still make some of her favorite recipes to keep those memories alive!). Our deepest sympathies to the Simmons family.

  • So sorry for your loss….memories of Christmas cookies and pumpkin bread…I always think of her when I make her recipes. She was a special lady from my childhood. Blessings to all….

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember her as being such a sweet, sweet Christian lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I’m sure she gave you memories to last a lifetime. God bless you.

    Judy (Bolding) DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • Dear Tom, Carol and Family,

    I am sorry for your loss. Your parents were such a joy to visit with when I visited the nursing home. I loved that they had a sign asking people to wake them if they were sleeping so they could visit with you. They and their stories were such a blessing to me and I am sure so many others.