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Ione (Hill) Simons

1950 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Ione (Hill) Simons

"I'm not sick, I just have a bad heart"—my mantra, even as a kindergartener and throughout my 66 years. I had a great normal life doing everything all the "normal" people did: tap danced, roller skated, went to college, drank beer, taught for 23 years, became a mom, traveled extensively, skied for 24 years . . . Does that sound like a sickly person? - Ione Simons

Ione Marie (Hill) Simons died 10/7/17 from a stroke-like event. Born 11/24/1950 to Orville and Ardis Hill in Sioux Falls, Ione attended Lincoln Senior High and graduated from Augustana College with a degree in elementary education. She taught for two years before marrying John Simons in Sioux Falls when they moved to Durango, CO.

Ione is survived by her husband, John, Durango; daughter, Stephanie Simons; son, Samuel Simons (Vanessa), both of Denver; father, Orville Hill, Sioux Falls; sister, Arlys Reitan (Ken), Lincoln, NE; four sets of in-laws, nine nieces and nephews, and many friends. Ione was preceded in death by her mother, Ardis Hill.

Ione had a life-long congenital heart disease; but OH, WHAT A NORMAL, FULL HAPPY LIFE!

A memorial service celebrating Ione's life will be held at First Lutheran Church Chapel on Monday, November 27, at 1:00 p.m. A private burial will be held in Durango. It is the family's wish that memorials be made to the .
Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 19, 2017
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