Rita Simmons

July 05, 1934 ‒ August 21, 2017

Palm Coast, Florida
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rita Simmons, age 83, of Palm Coast Florida and formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 5, 1934 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of Guy E. and Nina (Simmonds) Lipps. Rita was the previous owner and operator of Lipps Portrait Studio in Mount Vernon.

She was a member of Gay Street UMC and Flagler Beach UMC. She had served as President of the Photographic Art Specialist Ohio and was a member of the Professional Photographers of Central Ohio and the Professional Photographers of America. Also, she served as Worthy Matron of Evelyn Chapter #146 Order of Eastern Star and was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi of Mt Vernon and the Zeta Pheta of Florida.

She is survived by a brother Bob Lipps, a daughter Susie (Simmons) Kontul, a son, Glen Simmons, 7 grandchildren, Kyle Simmons, Molly (Prince) Beckler, Sabrina Simmons-Hansen, Christina Prince, Lance Simmons, Mike Kontul Jr, Donna Marie Kontul and 8 great grandchildren.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Dale Simmons and her sister Jackie Carpenter.

Friends may call on Friday September 1, 2017 from 4 – 8pm at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral home where a memorial service will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Rev. Bryan Moore will be officiating. A Graveside Service will follow at 1pm in Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville, Ohio.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Flagler Beach United Methodist Church, Flagler Beach, Florida.

Memorial Contributions in Rita’s may be made to Flagler Beach United Methodist Church.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Rita Simmons.


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  • Please accept our condolences for your loss. I have lost a very dear friend. Sue Baldwin & Jack Shults

  • We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all the family on the loss of such a lively, fun, memorable Soul as Rita.

    We will be out of town on the 1st, but will continue to keep you all close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.


  • To all in the family,

    Rita will be remembered as a kind, witty and giving woman . She always had a twinkle in her eyes and a sharing heart. She will live forever in your hearts.

    Sorry we can not be there to join you in the celebration of life.
    Remember the group hug,

    With love,
    Cyndi, Ron and Ryan

  • My mind still cannot grasp that she is gone from this earth. She was always a beacon of joy no matter how busy our lives got. She was always ready to pick up our friendship when our paths crossed either in Florida or Ohio. She was a great supporter of my boys and they have fond memories of all the cool stuff she would find for us to do when we visited in Florida. We will always remember counting the 457 starfish on Matanzas inlet and playing on the beach with her. Great memories of a great woman. You will be sadly missed, Gramma Rita. Thank you Susie and Glenn and all the grandkids for sharing her with us. She loved you all very much and loved telling us about all the graduations, weddings and births of her great-grandbabies.

    Sherri, Jon, Tyler, Tanner and Timmy

  • To the family.

    May the loving memories of Rita comfort you in your time of loss and help you find peace as you reflect on all Rita was and gave to her family. Susie I always found Rita to be in great spirtis and with a wonderful sense of humor. We wish you all peace in celebrating Rita’s life

    Dean Judy and Kontul family

  • My sympathy on the passing of your Dear Mother. I knew your Mother way back in
    the mid 1950’s, we both worked at Continental Can. I bought my first car and didn’t
    have a driver’s license, I had been riding with Rita, but she said she would ride with
    me so I could get my license (I had drove my Dad’s car). I successfully got my license! , I think we still rode together. I last saw her a few years ago when she was
    in Mount Vernon, sorry I didn’t keep in touch.

  • Sending my condolences! Many fond memories of meeting with your mother and having lunch and playing ‘Nello’! Joanne Fitzgerald, Vera McCormick Doris Rinehart, and myself ! Your mother was a very special person! Blessings!

  • Susie
    So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I remember her and your Dad fondly… coming to Chesterville in their bus to do soccer pictures. Always enjoyed visiting with your Mom. Love and hugs.