Doretha (Allen) Simmons | Information/Discuss 94.9 WSJM


Because the sundown was drawing nigh on August 19, 2019, Doretha Simmons, a soldier in Yahweh’s earthly military grew to become an angel and walked by means of heaven’s pearly gates.  The Matriarch of the Simmons household, Doretha was born on April 1, 1933 in Blytheville, Arkansas to her dad and mom: Noble Allen (who died at a really early age) and Bessie (Cherry) Allen Henderson, and Ike Henderson who was a faithful stepfather.  Whereas rising up in Blytheville her paths crossed with Mr. John Athan Simmons, Jr. whom she later married in June of 1952.  Quickly after turning into Mrs. John A. Simmons, Jr., the couple traveled north and made their dwelling in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Their union produced 7 kids: 6 women and 1 boy.  Doretha primarily devoted her energies to elevating her kids, though she did work at Michigan Fruit Canneries, Dr. Polansky’s medical workplace, and later in life as a well being caretaker specializing in Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers.  Doretha’s many skills included constructing some gadgets for the house and she or he was very inventive with all that she did.

Doretha attended Richard B. Harrison Excessive Faculty in Blytheville, Arkansas and later joined and have become a member of a chapter of the Harrisonites.  She liked attending her class reunions which in held in numerous states.  After acquiring her GED in Michigan she attended lessons at Lake Michigan Faculty.  She liked gardening and dealing within the yard.  She was “All the time her kids’s Mom and Endlessly their Buddy”.  She was a significant historical past buff and maintained an enthusiastic and passionate curiosity in present occasions.  She might converse with the very best of them.  She was filled with vitality and pep and tried to stay every day to the fullest.  Doretha loved touring overseas having visited Egypt, Bahamas and Canada.

Mom Simmons was a faithful and trustworthy member of the Home of Prayer Ministries, Niles, Michigan underneath the tutelage of Rev. Larry Williams, Pastor.  Mom Simmons served on the Mom’s Board and she or he was the oldest member of the Home of Prayer.  She was a rock to all that knew her.  A really revered and deeply dedicated girl she was filled with knowledge and offered mentorship in addition to friendship to others in the neighborhood.  She had a particular bond with Timothy Williams, considered one of her Nice-grandsons, as she assumed the duty of elevating him for roughly eight years effectively after her personal kids have been good and grown.

Doretha is survived by her loving kids:  Georcie Carolyn (Thomas) Jones of Snellville, GA; Diana (Larry) Williams and Cynthia (Ricky) Taylor each of South Bend, IN; Johnnie Mae (Saywreyne) Gargard of Lansing, MI; Gaylene Simmons of Berrien Springs, MI; and John A. Simmons, III of Lengthy Seashore, CA.  Her Grandchildren: Jarrett Simmons, Richard Jones; Shameka Simmons; Micah, Serene, Joseph, and Aaron Williams; Crystol Jenkins, Barron Gargard; Steven Wysinger, Santez Simmons, and John A. Simmons, IV.  She additionally leaves to cherish her reminiscence: her Sister, Dorothy Jean Wilson of Chicago, IL; and her brother, Jay Allen of Mount Vernon, NY.  And a number of Nice grandchildren, and Nice-great grandchildren, cousins, and associates.

Doretha is preceded in demise by her husband, John Athan (JA) Simmons Jr; a daughter: Doris Jean Simmons Hodges; her Mom, Bessie Allen Henderson; her Father, Noble Allen; her Stepfather, Ike Henderson. Her brothers: Edgar Allen, Jesse Allen, and Oscar Kinnon; her sisters: Callie Lengthy, Ethel Black, Hazel Morris and Louise Hull.

Preparations have been entrusted to Robbins Brothers Funeral Dwelling, Benton Harbor.

VISITATION

Friday
August 23, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Robbins Brothers Funeral Dwelling
204 S Truthful Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

FUNERAL SERVICE

Friday
August 23, 2019

11:00 AM
Robbins Brothers Funeral Dwelling
204 S Truthful Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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Friday
August 23, 2019

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Posted On: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:28 AM