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Shirley Mary Simmons Larson Together Again Our dearly loved mother and grandmother peacefully passed away October 7, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was born May 26, 1923, in Richfield, Utah, to Edgar Woolley Simmons and Florence Whistance Fisher Simmons. Two years later the family moved to St. George where her father managed a lumber company. She attended school there, and grew up with her siblings Edward "Ted" Simmons (Margaret), James Arthur Simmons (LaJoy) and Carma Jean Simmons Tabor Clark. She later moved to the Beehive House in Salt Lake City, while she attended the LDS Business College. With the opening of Geneva Steel Works, she was employed by UMP as a secretary, and that is where she met a dashing mechanical engineer. E. Dixon Larson, who became the love of her life. They were married August 7, 1943 in Orem, Utah, later sealed in the Timpanogos LDS Temple on June 26, 2004. They are the parents of Steven R. Larson (deceased September 30, 2010) (Cheryl), and Michelle Leone Larson Crawford (Kim). Their grandchildren are Haley Marrissa Ellis Hayes (Mark), Chelsea Michelle Ellis, McKeon Larson Crawford, Jace Steven Larson, and Jess E. Larson. Great-grandchildren are Lily Michelle and Stryder Jonathan Hayes. Dix and Shirley were active in civic affairs and the Orem Jaycees. She was historian for the Utah County Women's Legislative Council and President of the Olesea Literary Club. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served as the Primary Secretary/Historian for 15 years. She was a faithful Visiting Teacher. Her interests were vast: dancing, vacationing, collecting antiques, fishing, scrap booking, gardening, genealogy, golfing, art, interior decorating, oil painting, the PTA, and she was a wonderful hostess. Dix made sure Shirley had a classy car to drive - her favorite being her Cadillac. She had a sense of style and grace. She was a beautiful woman inside and out - always the picture of femininity. She loved and enjoyed her family. Her thoughtful gifts, decorations and delicious food made every holiday and birthday special. We especially loved to eat her scones - they were devoured as quickly as she cooked them. She took great delight in inviting the grandchildren over for lunch, sleepovers, games or a tea party. She was very supportive in their activities whether it was a mission, basketball, lacrosse, soccer games, cheerleading or a dance concert. There was no prouder grandmother than she. Words cannot express the love and devotion we have for our dear, sweet, beautiful mother, grandma and friend. The memories we have of her will always be an inspiration and example for each of us to follow. She has forever blessed and enriched our lives. Her "Charity never Faileth". Shirley was gracious and kind to the end of her life on earth. Her family expresses appreciation to the staff at The Charleston in Cedar Hills, Dr. Marc Udall and Envision Hospice Care for helping to make "Miss Shirley's" final days comfortable and pleasant. Her funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Sharon First Ward Chapel, 641 South 400 East, Orem. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Church. Interment will be held at the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuary.com

Published in Deseret News on Oct. 10, 2010
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