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Wilma Ruth Simmons

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Wilma Ruth “Billie” Simmons, 86, formerly of Abbeville, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church, 6529 Stage Road in Bartlett, Tennessee. Interment will be at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Forest Hill-Irene Road.

Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, she retired from Ballet Memphis in 2010 where she had worked for 20 years as an administrative assistant. A life-long Catholic, she was a member of St. Ann Church where she volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Guy Simmons Jr.

She is survived by five children, Margaret E. Hunt, Philip A. Simmons, Paul E. Simmons, Frank D. Simmons and Carl J. Simmons, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Ann Church in Bartlett, Tennessee.