Doris Jane (Merkle) Simms

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D. Jane Simms

West Des Moines

Doris Jane (Merkle) Simms passed away peacefully Monday, July 1, surrounded by her family. She lost a long battle with Congestive Heart Failure. Memorial Services will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church.

Jane was born to Melvin and Laurel Merkle on May 22, 1934 at home in Coin, IA. Jane met the love of her life in 1963 and married Tom Simms of Des Moines on June 27, 1964. Their three children Sandy, Randy and Greg were loved and nurtured by two incredibly loving, wonderful parents. Jane worked at Home Federal in Des Moines for many years and enjoyed a successful career as an officer of the bank. She retired in 1983 with a medical disability. She often said that those years with Tom, her children and her career were the happiest in her life. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. After Tom's death in 1986, Jane became a voracious volunteer for several organizations, highlighted by her serving as Chair-Person for the 1999 Festival of Trees.

Jane is survived by her three children: Sandy (Ron) Bagby, Randy (Deb Crews) Simms and Greg Simms. In addition, she is survived by grandchildren: Chad (Allison) Bagby, Brett Bagby, Amy Simms, Nathan Simms, Megan Simms, Maranda Flynn; great-granddaughter, Nicole Bagby; brothers, Dick (Louise) and Bob (Beverly) Merkle. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Tom Simms and Bruce Mitchell, and also by sisters, Phyllis Smith and Ann Ray.

Memorial donations in her honor can be made to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, IA.


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Brooks Funeral Care-Cremation Society of Iowa - Clive
7975 University Blvd.  Clive, IA 50325
(515) 277-8700
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Published in Des Moines Register from July 2 to July 3, 2013
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