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Delca Lorrene 'Lorri' Simmons

Sep 21, 2017
Delca Lorrene “Lorri” Simmons -- 1936-2017

Delca Lorrene “Lorri” Simmons, long-time resident of Jefferson County, passed away Monday the 18th of September a t Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.


Lorri Simmons was a unique lady. She could spotted around Fairfield in the early morning, driving her 1987 Plymouth Reliant station wagon, wearing those large rimmed glasses, Birkenstock sandals and of course, a sequined ball cap. She had many eccentricities, and wore them proudly wherever she ventured.


Lorri was born in her rural Packwood home on March 1, 1936. She married J.R. “Dick” Simmons 18 years later and t hey were happily married for over sixty y ears, before Dick passed in July of 2015.


Lorri had many passions throughout her life including but not l imited to quilting, painting, gardening, scrapbooking, baking, and democratic p olitics. Above all else, her passion was her family. For over twenty years she was an unwavering champion of her husband in his career as a supervisor in Jefferson County. She supported each of her four children in their careers in public service, and n ever missed an opportunity to celebrate her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Lorri was preceded i n death by her parents, Snowden & Freda (Carr) Wykoff, her husband, J.R. “Dick” Simmons, her sister, Darlene Johnson of California, and her brother, Carroll Wyckoff of Des Moines.


She is survived by two sisters, Kay Ehrhardt of Fairfield and Marty Jones of California, four children, Tim Simmons o f Fairfield, Dee Ann (Ray) Lehn of Fairfield, Perry (Phyllis) Simmons of Ankeny, and Tom (Carolyn) Simmons of F airfield, as well as five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, the f amily request memorials be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties, or Antioch Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Dee Ann Lehn at 1347 Mahogany Avenue, Fairfield, I owa 52556.


A memorial service will be held at This Old Barn, 1870 Kelp Avenue, Fairfield, Iowa on Tuesday September 26th at 10:00 a.m.


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