Virginia “Ginny” Simmons, 95, of Benton died March 12, 2014.
Born June 7, 1918, Ginny was the devoted wife and mother every husband and child should have. She was energetic, adventurous, and an unrelenting optimist, especially about her family. Her home was a depot for anyone needing a friend, a bite to eat, or a place to laugh. Her sense of humor and lust for life inspired her friends and family.
Her antics with a lifelong friend who became Ethel to Ginny’s Lucy were legendary in the family lore. The two found more fun and mischief in a day than most find in a week. To the very end, Ginny loved to read, to work crosswords, to play computer games, and entertain her friends.
In her 71-year marriage to Paul Simmons, she found her perfect soul-mate. An inseparable team, they struggled, laughed, danced, worshiped, and loved while steering their marriage and rearing five children through the Great Depression, World War II, the '60s revolution, the computer culture and the challenges of growing old together. Through it all they remained the center of their family, providing encouragement and a moral compass that remains their legacy.
In spite of a wide variety of physical illnesses throughout her life, Ginny consistently rallied and beat the odds, earning the family’s title of “The Phoenix.” Her vitality and spirit were her most notable characteristics. Born in the small town of Vergennes, Ill., she evolved from a rural, roller-skating kid to an accomplished woman of the world with remarkable wisdom, compassion and experience. Her counsel and her presence will be remembered and are already missed by her friends and family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Paul Simmons, and her daughter, Barbara, both in June 2009.
She is survived by her children, Gary, David, and Mike Simmons and Jean Miller.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 14, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Benton on Alcoa Road.
Visitation at the church is set from noon to 2 p.m. preceding the service.
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047).
Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard .