VIVIAN B. SIMMONS
GRACE — Vivian B. Simmons, age 96, quietly passed away Wednesday, 5 September 2012 from natural causes due to her age. Her husband of 77 years, Clarence Dean Simmons, age 100, was by her side.
They are parents to eight children: Marilyn Clegg (Maurice), Karen Sue Bird (Don), Bart Simmons (Linda), Tim Simmons (Susan), Wendy Meacham (Don) and Scott Simmons. Two Children preceded Vivian in death: Kenneth, age 14, and Jeanne, age 10. Also preceding her in death were her parents, William Pedrick Burn Jr. and Sophie Marie Nicholson Burn, her brother, William Richard Burn who was killed in the Korean Conflict and a baby sister, Alice Marie Burn who died in the 1918 flu epidemic and two grandsons, Stephen Simmons and Jon Dimter.
Vivian was born 18 July 1916 in Leadville, Colorado. At age three her family moved to Hiawatha, Utah where her father was head blacksmith and her mother became cook for the visiting mine officials. Vivian was an excellent student and four times was elected president of her school class. She was selected as salutatorian of her graduating class. She then attended Henager’s Business College where one of the teachers, CD Simmons caught her eye. They were married 23 December 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple 9 October 1951.
Vivian and CD moved to Grace, Idaho in 1937 when CD was hired as a school teacher at Grace High School. The balance of their lives has been spent in beautiful Gem Valley where they raised their large family and contributed much to the school, church and community. Vivian particularly enjoyed the Literary Club and served several times as its president. She was instrumental in establishing the Grace Library. She also co-authored the book “Gems of Our Valley”, a history of the early settlers of Gem Valley.
Vivian’s family is her legacy and has been a source of great joy to her and CD as they have celebrated together many birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions. Besides their six living children they have 27 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Vivian, like her mother, was an excellent cook and diligently preserved the fruits and vegetables from their large garden each summer. She loved sitting in her porch swing on warm sunny days enjoying the beautiful flowers around her and reading a book. She was blessed with good health all her life. She loved playing Scrabble with her family, watching professional sports on TV and indulging in Milky Way candy bars and Tootsie Rolls. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Tues, September 11th at Noon in the Grace LDS Stake Center with a viewing from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A viewing will also be held at the Stake Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday evening. Burial will be in the Grace Cemetery next to her two children. Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www. simsfh.com .