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LaVerne Simmons

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
LaVerne Simmons Obituary
LaVerne Simmons, of Riverside, CA, passed away peacefully January 26, 2017 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Riverside with her husband Harold and family friend Sylvia by her side. She was born January 4, 1933 in Ontario, Calif. to the late Frank and Helen Andy.
LaVerne and Harold were happily married for 68 years. They raised two children: Randal Lee Simmons and Helen Elaine Liggett. Randal preceded her in death in 2004. LaVerne and Harold have two grandchildren: Derek Allen Liggett and Carey Elaine Binikos. They were blessed with two great grandchildren: Tayler Mackenzy Liggett and Presley Elaine Binikos. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Helen Elaine's husband, Andrew Silva, and nephew Mike Gould of Arizona and his wife Pat.
LaVerne graduated from Corona High School in 1950. Following a year in junior college, she went to work as a Corona switchboard operator for the telephone company. She later worked at the Navy lab in Norco as a clerk typist until she quit in 1954 to raise her family. She did not return to full-time work until 1970 when she went to work as a secretary for Thomas Ludlow's law firm in Corona.
She loved to camp in the forest and at the Colorado River. The family started camping with the children in 1956 and would spend two weeks at Whitney Portal Campground in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, fishing for trout and enjoying campfires. In addition, they would spend two weeks at Roads Inn on Lake Havasu on the Colorado River. In 1971, they purchased a cabin at Whitney Portal, which the family still treasures to this day.
LaVerne and her mother, Helen Andy, loved to go on cruises and had many adventures together. She and Harold also enjoyed many fond memories out on the ocean.
She was energetic and involved in many activities. She loved people. She worked with the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the PTA, Little League, the Red Cross and the Heart Fund, in addition to being active with numerous issues related to the family's cabin at Mount Whitney.
She was proud of Corona High School and the 1950 graduating class. She formed an alumni committee with six classmates who planned the yearly reunion party.
She enjoyed reading Agatha Christy novels and any good mystery books. When she and Harold were first married, she only knew how to cook gingerbread. Harold told her: "Honey, I don't like gingerbread." Her father, who was a great cook, took her under his wing and she became a great master of the kitchen. She was a great housekeeper and kept their home immaculate.
She had great energy - always doing things the right way. Her grandkids and great grandkids called her GiGi - she loved that nickname. She was a wonderful help to her family, always ready to give someone a ride, do school and Christmas shopping, or type Helen Elaine's college papers. From dancing the hukilau at the cabin, to tea parties with Presley, to being room mother for her kids and grandkids, she was full of life, laughter and love.
Harold concludes: "Thank god for this wonderful wife I got to spend my life with. I love you LaVerne."
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 14, 2017
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