OLEAN, N.Y. - Betty L. Simmons of 110 N. 17th St. passed away Monday (June 30, 2014) at The Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center in Olean after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family.
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Born March 31, 1931, in Port Allegany, Pa., she was the daughter of Harry and Jessica Clark Greer. In 1952, in Cheyenne, Wyo., she married Ralph Simmons, who predeceased her in 1976.
Betty was a graduate of Olean High School and was a lifelong resident of Olean, where she proudly raised her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also worked for the St. Bonaventure Friary Infirmary for many years prior to her retirement. Betty was always happy when she could be dancing and she enjoyed many years visiting the Moose Lodge with her long-time companion and dance partner Jack Lent. She also treasured the memory of her long-time, four legged companion "Sheba," her Himalayan cat who recently passed away.
Surviving are four sons, Craig S. (Martha) Simmons of Bradford, Pa., Randy (Terri) Simmons of Corpus Christi, Texas, Brian (Jessica) Simmons of Homestead, Fla., and Michael (Linda) Simmons of Corpus Christi; one daughter, Michele (Ken) Karl of Tigard, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Karen, Kimberly, Ashley, Christopher, Hailey, Meredith, Jacob, John, Shane and Randi; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and her long-time companion Jack Lent of Smethport, Pa.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Gary Simmons in 1957 and Dennis Greenwood in 1995; three grandchildren, Gabriel, Michelle and Shawn; one sister, Jean Kent; and two brothers, Charles Greer and Howard Greer.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, and again from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. A prayer service will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:15 p.m. at St. Mary of the Angels Church. The Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Friends of The Pines, 2245 W. State St., Olean, N.Y. 14760; or a
Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Bradford Era from July 2 to July 9, 2014