Edna Miss Willie Simmons

April 3, 1920 ~ July 16, 2011

Edna Wilson Simmons, 91, was born on April 3, 1920 in Jackson, Louisiana. She went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Simmons became a registered nurse after graduating from nurses' training at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. She moved to Lake Charles and was employed by St. Patrick Hospital, where she was known by her coworkers as "Miss Willie." She also worked as a scrub nurse for Drs. Campbell and Phillips. In Lake Charles, she met and married her husband of 53 years, Boyce Simmons. She was a faithful member of Lake Charles Bible Church until the time of her death. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who said the highlight of her life was taking care of and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her parents, Edward V. Wilson and "Axie" R. Wilson; her husband; two sisters, Mollie Howze and Ruth Baggett.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses; Carl and Brenda Bearb, Finley and Becky Jones. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Erin and Lee Jones, Matthew and Andrew Bearb.

Her funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Phil Carpenter will officiate. Burial will follow in Creel Memorial Gardens in Bel, LA. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and continue on Tuesday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

The family would like to thank the following for the wonderful care given to Mrs. Simmons: Drs. Landry, Lechtenberg, and Foret; the staff of Villa Maria Retirement Center; and the staff of Stonebridge Special Care Unit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Camp Pearl Ministries, P.O. Box 10, Reeves, LA 70658.

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  1. Brenda and Becky, our hearts go out to you at this sad time. I remember your mother at church, Pioneer Girls, Sunday School, Bible School, and so much more. She and your dad were always there, people to count on. The older saints are going on before us quickly, but they are enjoying their reunion now. Will be thinking of you and praying for you and your families.

  2. Brenda Becky, I would say I was sorry to read about your Mom's death, but I can't be sad knowing she is now with Mom. So happy she is no longer suffering or in pain. I know ya'll took such good care of her and will greatly miss her, but from experience, I would never wish Mom back from where she is now, walking talking w/ Jesus. When I saw your Mom's picture, that is just how I remembered her. Always smiling such a sweet gentle spirit.So sorry I couldn't attend the funeral. You will be in our prayers. Randall Patty

  3. Dear Brenda and Becky: Cindy and I wanted to drop you a line and let you know we are so greatful for the life of your mother, we look forward to that great reunion and all being together again. Knowing that so much must be going through your minds and hearts right now we will pray for peace as well as joy for the life you were blessed by through the life of your remarkable mother. Not a day goes by that I dont look for my dad to come around the corner on his way back from the barn and then I remember he is in the company of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and I am sad as well as reassured. Know we are praying. Blake and Cindy Whitley

  4. We wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you all – praying that God will comfort your hearts and give you peace. As you face the many things that must be done in the coming days we know that Our God will uphold you as He has done for us. Brenda Carl, Becky Finley, and your children, we are sorry for your loss but know it was heaven's gain. In Him, Martin Kay Smith

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