Mallory Simmons

Mallory Caitlin Simmons

SCOTT - A celebration of a life well-lived will be held on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 3:00 to 7:00 at Coffee Depot in Scott for Mallory Caitlin Simmons, 23. She passed away on Tuesday, July 31, at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, after a courageous, lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis.

She is survived by her mother, Angela Simmons; her father, Marty Simmons; her sisters, Sarah and Hannah Simmons; her fiance', Aaron Cassard; maternal grandparents, Loretta and Bill Young, and Donald Broussard; paternal grandparents, Ruth and Al Johnson, and Roy Simmons; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Gertie Fontenot, who loved her dearly and was surely waiting to greet her.

Mallory was born on October 12, 1988, in Wuerzburg, Germany. She graduated from Acadiana High in 2007, and was working on her bachelor's degree in psychology at ULL. In addition, she'd planned to be a spokesperson for LOPA and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, working with families dealing with CF and organ transplant to bring a message of hope and alleviate fears. She was extremely grateful to her own donor, who allowed her to have another healthy, happy year and a half.

Mallory was simply a gift to all of those who knew and loved her. Her courage, her refusal to give up, and her zest and appreciation for life touched so many people's lives. She will be inexpressibly missed by her family, fiance', and friends.

Her family asks that those who've known and loved Mallory write down your favorite memory and bring it to the memorial or email it to the website we've set up at

www.malloryspromise.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made in Mallory's name to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) at

www.lopa.org. Donations can also be made to Pelicanpalooza, which funds the camp each summer for children suffering with CF and other breathing problems. More information will be available on the website and at the memorial.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Ochsner's for the love and care they gave Mallory. They truly were like a second family to her, and we are deeply grateful for that. Thanks beyond words also go to Aaron, her fiance', for staying by her side throughout this entire ordeal, loving, encouraging and reassuring her, giving her and us the strength to believe she could beat it.


Published in the The Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2012