Nona Simmons

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Nov. 30, 1939 - Jan. 19, 2010

Nona J. Simmons of Milton-Freewater passed away Jan. 19, 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 70 years. Memorial services will be Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research through the funeral home. Mrs. Simmons was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Wallowa, Ore., the daughter of Robert H. and Maude Elliott Pettry. She lived most of her life in Milton-Freewater, graduating from high school in 1958 and working for local canneries and packing houses. She married William L. "Bill" Simmons on June 8, 1958. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2008.

She is survived by two daughters, Billie Simmons of Lynnwood, Wash., and Lori Keenan of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Don Hudson of Hermiston; three sisters, Elva Rice of Hillsboro, Ore., Frances Fleming of Springfield, Ore., and Bernice Cherry of Vancouver, Wash.; two granddaughters, Serina Toomey of Milton-Freewater, and Crystal Downing of Lynnwood, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Johnathan, William and Bernice Toomey all of Milton-Freewater; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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