While in New Orleans, she met her future husband, Dr. John Terry Simmons of Jasper, who was doing his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. They were married on April 4, 1942 and were married for 52 years until his death. During WW II, they lived in New Orleans, LA and Victoria, TX for a short while before he was dispatched to serve as an Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat physician in the China, India, Burma Theater, and after the war they moved to Jasper, AL where they lived the remainder of their life together.
She was an active volunteer in the community serving on many boards and committees and was particularly involved in the Walker College Civic Concert Series and the Girl Scouts of America. As a youth she was a Girl Scout, and as an adult she was a very dedicated Girl Scout Leader for over 10 years of a very active troop in Jasper. She also served many years on the board of the Cahaba Girl Scout Council. She loved her church and her Christian faith and was a member and big supporter of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, frequently entertaining the priests in her home. She had many hobbies including gardening, swimming, golfing, traveling, painting, photography, antiques and art history, and most of all shopping. She was a woman of dignity, beauty and great style. Although she did not like to cook, she was a great cook. She loved the game of golf—walking and playing 9 holes of golf every day at the Musgrove Country Club for most of her adult life until she was in her mid 80’s. She was an intelligent woman, devoted wife and a wonderful mother, always wanting the best for her children.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. John Terry Simmons; her mother and father, Ana Carreon García and José Gregorio Nacianceno García; her brothers, José G. N. García and Andrés García; and her sister, Esperanza García Larrabee (also known as Cha Cha). She is survived by her children—Dr. John Gregory Simmons (Rene) of Jasper; and Anna Simmons Gainer (Hugh) of Birmingham; and grandchildren—Sara Simmons Ames (Edward) (of San Antonio, TX), John Terry Simmons II (of New Orleans), Brooks Lauren Simmons (of Jasper), and Hugh Samuel Gainer, Jr. (of Washington, DC). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church on Saturday, October 27 at 10 AM, and visitation will be night before on Friday, October 27 from 5 – 7 PM at Collins Burke Funeral Home, 303 Oak Hill Road in Jasper. The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care provided by the staff at Ridgeview Health Services in particular Brenda Creel, Mary Banks, Sara Harris and also to Marilyn Warren and Barbara Pruitt for their devotion to Mother to the very end. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, 2159 Highway 195, Jasper, AL 35503, or Walker Area Community Foundation, P. O. Box 171, Jasper, AL 35502-0171.
Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571