Julia Rose Simmons Raines
March 31, 1941 - June 8, 2020
Julia Rose Simmons Raines, 79, of Morganton, died Monday, June 8, 2020.
Born March 31, 1941, Rose was the wife of the late retired U.S. Navy Capt. William "Bill" A. Raines, and the daughter of the late Henry Harold Simmons and Julia Kelly Simmons.
A memorial service, delayed due to COVID-19, will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 24, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Margaret Ashby officiating. Rose was buried at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
Originally from Newport, Rose traveled throughout the country as a dedicated military wife, devoted mother, and dynamic volunteer in every community she and Bill lived. As an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rose has coordinated, hosted, and served a monthly free luncheon for senior citizens, Happy Tuesday, for the past 18 years. Rose's gifts of hospitality and caregiving were treasured by all who knew her. Since 2013, Rose's battle with ovarian cancer — as she demonstrated faith, grace, joy, strength, hope, humor, compassion, and a constant "never give up" attitude — served as a source of inspiration to people around the world as her story was shared on social media.
Those left to cherish Rose's memory include her sons, Danny Raines (Jessica) and Mark Raines; grandchildren, Hannah and Justin Raines; and siblings, Larry Dale Simmons, Rachel Simmons Wolf, Lauretta Simmons Whaley, Rita Simmons Mottern, Jessie Simmons Harrington, and Ann Simmons Ray.
In addition to her husband and parents, Rose was preceded in death by her siblings, Horace Moore Simmons, Troy Mason "Dick" Simmons, Gaston Shepard Simmons, William "Billy" McKinley Simmons, and Gilbert Neal Simmons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Happy Tuesday Fund, 1865 N Powerhouse Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.
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Published by The News Herald on Jul. 18, 2021.