Service: Monday, Oct. 22, at Butler Funeral Home with burial following at Lindley Prairie Cemetery.

Surrounded by her loving family singing “Amazing Grace” to her, Donna Simmons, 77, of Dunnegan passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

She was born April 6, 1941, to George T. “Tom” Harris and Myrtle Leota Broyles Harris.

She had three sisters, Betty Smith, Pat Barnes and Nancy Stockton, and one brother, Jerry Harris.

Donna was saved at an early age. In her later years, she attended the Spring Creek Presbyterian Church.

On Jan. 5, 1957, she was united in marriage to Charles H. Simmons. To this union were born three sons, Ronald Matthew, Donald Mark and John William, and two daughters, Teresa Elaine and Penny Lynn.

When she was 48, she went back to school and received her GED.

She was a dispatcher at Humansville City Police Department for two years. Then, she became a dietary supervisor at Stockton Nursing Home for 22 years. Next, she worked at Parkview Nursing Home until her retirement.

She loved nature, gardening, flowers and especially hummingbirds. Every spring, she would put out multiple hummingbird feeders for her enjoyment.

Her life centered around her family.

She spent many pleasurable years working their family farm planting, gardening and canning. Along with her sons, she put up hay and helped feed the cows.

And how she could sew! She would sew dresses and shirts for the family. One of their fondest memories are the western shirts she would sew for her boys.

She was a caregiver for her mother, and she spent many heartfelt hours babysitting her grandchildren.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Ronald and Daniele, Mark and Kathy, John and Cindy, Teresa and Penny; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Harris; and a dear friend, Willa Hammons.

Donna was the kind of person who will be deeply missed by all who truly knew and loved her.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 22, at Butler Funeral Home with burial following at Lindley Prairie Cemetery.

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