In Memory of

Shirley Simmons

December 6, 1933 - February 16, 2015
Shirley A. (Johnson) Simmons was born December 6, 1933 in Cherokee, Iowa. At the age of 6 months she was adopted by Nathaniel and Idella (Gale) Johnson. Her early childhood years were spent in Cherokee, where she attended school and obtained her GED in 1972. On July 2, 1950, Shirley married Phillip Simmons of Quimby, Iowa. Together, they farmed in Silver Township for over 40 years, and then made their home in Cherokee in 1996. Shirley kept herself busy both caring for their growing family and helping Phillip on the farm. She was a wonderful cook, and made many of her family's clothes through the years. She enjoyed doing handwork, reading, having Sunday breakfast at HyVee with friends, and summer vacations at the Iowa Great Lakes with the family and friends. Shirley delighted in all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was in the Peer Elderly Program, a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and was a member of the I.C. Catholic Church. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Quimby for 40 years, where she served as a Eucharistic minister. Following a brief illness, Shirley passed away, peacefully, in her home on Monday, February 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Brooke Goodwin. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Phillip, and their children: David (Corliss) Simmons of Quimby, Iowa, Karen 'Kit' Sievers of Alta, Iowa, Kathryn 'Nan' Hempel of Urbandale, Iowa, Mary (Gary) DeWitt of Hermann, Missouri, and Melissa (Martin) Kohn of Cherokee; her 12 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren (and with one on the way!); brother-in-law, Gene (Darlene) Simmons of Columbus, Ohio. The family is requesting donations to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. `
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Matt Simmons John Simon Daniel Sievers Emmett Kohn Jim Pilquist Graham Forbes Dannie Saines
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18th, at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., and a prayer service will follow at 7:00 p.m.
Silver Township Cemetery Quimby


Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts Are with you all. We didn't know Shirley well, yet she was always sweet the few times we did run into each other. Thinking of you....”
- Lori and Steve Thomas
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“OMG.. I am so shocked to hear of Shirley's passing. What a dear lady so sweet and soft spoken, I so enjoyed seeing her in my office and chatting about her family. It was so obvious to me how much she loved you all. My sympathies to you Phil and your family..she will be missed ):”
- Peggy Hinkhouse
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Phillip and Family:
I just read in the Cherokee Chronicle that GOD had taken
Shirley home...I am so truly sorry to hear this has been along time since I have seen you both but I remember our high
school days and the good times...Shirley was loved by everyone
and she will leave a big void in the live of those who knew her.
I truly know the feeling of losing someone close as my husband
was killed in a truck accident a few years ago...hang in there
Phillip, May GOD wrap his Loving and healing around you.
Love and Prayers, Norma Hanson (Courtright)”
- Norma Hanson (Courtright)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.”
- Vicki Menke
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. She was a blessing! Please let us know if we can help in any way. Sending prayers and love!”
- Denny and Mindy Pyle
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“What a beautiful woman she was! So sorry for your loss to such a devastating disease. Peace.”
- Jerry Hirschinger
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“ I am sorry to hear this when I am out of town.
My prayers are with you.”
- Betty Zupp
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So so sorry to hear about Shirley, a very proud and beautiful woman. ”
- Rich & Carol Wych
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Mary, Gary, Jessica and Emily, we are so sorry for the loss of your mama and grandma. We're thankful we got to meet her at the Deep Forest Wedding, as well as the rest of the Simmons family. Our love, Lisa and Denton”
- Lisa Allard
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Being away in the south at this time I just learned online of Shirley's passing into the Eternal Life. I join you all with my
care and prayer...and in expressing my great admiration of
Shirley. She always shown kindness and warmth in her generous and
sincere smile which will now be shared with all our loved ones in

the place prepared for those 'who have Loved and Served' the Lord. ”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathy to you all. Shirley was a special lady.”
- Kelly &Teri Perrin
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Very saddened by this news. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Marcia and Larry Stone
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“thoughts and prayers
now and in days/months/years to come .... sympathy to you and all the family”
- Denita Paulsen
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