Lois's Story

WILLIAMSTOWN, WV - Lois Marie French Simmons, of Williamstown, WV, passed away Saturday October 3, 2015, in her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born April 17, 1926, in East Corinth, Maine, the daughter of Byron Eugene and Alice Everett French.

Lois loved the Lord and dedicated her life to serving God and helping others. Lois attended Corinth Academy and graduated from Coventry High School, Anthony, Rhode Island, in 1945. She graduated with a BA Degree from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in 1953. Lois married R. Daniel Simmons of Strasburg, Virginia on December 28, 1955, in East Corinth, Maine. Lois was a Bible teacher in the elementary schools of Highland County, Virginia and in Maine. She served as a beloved substitute teacher in the school systems of Somerset County, Maryland and Pleasants County, West Virginia. Lois attended Williamstown Baptist Church and Williamstown Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She enjoyed attending the senior adult Bible studies and socializing with friends. Her hobbies included walking, baking and preparing Bible Study Lessons for various church groups.

She is survived by her three children, Andrew Kirk Simmons, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Mary Esther Simmons Lauderman and her husband John Lauderman of Waverly, WV and Rebecca Alice Simmons DeBolt and her husband Kevin DeBolt of Williamstown, WV and four grandchildren, Christopher Lauderman, Claire Lauderman, Joshua DeBolt, Sarah DeBolt and a sister Marilyn French, of Bangor, Maine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. R. Daniel Simmons.

Services will be 11 am Tuesday October 6, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg, with Rev. Kenneth Kelbaugh and Rev. Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be 2 pm Wednesday October 7, 2015, at the St. Stephens Cemetery in Strasburg, VA.

Memorial contributions can be made to Rev. & Mrs. R. Daniel Simmons Special Needs Fund through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg WV 26102, the Senior Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church of Williamstown, P.O. Box 38, Williamstown, WV 26187 or Amedisys Hospice, 417 Grand Park Drive Suite 206, Parkersburg WV 26105.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com
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