Ora Simmons

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Simmons, Ora

Age 97, died peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. Born on November 20, 1916, in Oakdale, Kentucky, Ora was the oldest of nine children of James Madison Lockard and Sally Morris Lockard. She was predeceased by both parents, both husbands, three sisters, one brother, and two grandsons. She is survived by siblings: Hazel Davis of Kentucky, Sylvia Combs of Michigan, Sheldon Lockard of Ohio, and John Lockard of Michigan. Additionally, she is survived by four daughters through her first marriage to Reverend J.J. Cundiff: Lorene Larson of Chambersburg, Pa; JoAnn (Daniel) Savino of Elmira, NY; Dorothy (William) Wood of Venice, FL; and Revs. Lois (Jan) Cramer of Springfield, OR. Additionally, she is survived by 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.



Ora was a devout Christian, loving mother and grandmother, and a vital part of the communities in which she lived. Her young married life was spent in Kentucky and then later in Eldred, Pennsylvania, where she forged many lifelong friendships. Gracefully, she took on the role of a minister's wife in addition to raising her daughters, and opened up her heart and home to many. After her husband's death, she worked at Williamsport Hospital, where she worked as Executive Secretary to the President.



Upon retirement, Ora moved to Elmira to be closer to her daughter's family. In 1980, she married Raymond Scott Simmons of Elmira, NY. She joined Ray as an active member of Park Church; she also accompanied him to Rotary, upon which she became very active with Rotary Anns and held the office of President. Later, Ora joined Rotary as well. Subsequently, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow. After Ray passed away in 1996, Ora attended Bethany Lutheran Church with her family. She especially enjoyed the Christian Fellowship with the ladies of WELCA.



It was Ora's wish that a private burial service be held at the convenience of the family. Her family wishes to say a special thank you to Dr. Megan Westervelt, Judy and Cindy from Family Services, Mary Jane from CareFirst, and Kevin McInerny for their patience, kindness, and for going above and beyond the call of duty. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the .



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Published in Star-Gazette on May 4, 2014
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