Obituaries: Lorene Simmons

Birdie Lorene Simmons, 96, of Drakesville, Iowa passed away February 10, 2017 in her home with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She was born September 11, 1920 in Washington, Iowa to Byrd Thomas and Ida Whiteside Piper. She married Donald McKinley “Max” Simmons on December 23, 1937 in Lancaster, Missouri. To this union three children were born; Donald LaVerne, Donna Lorene, and Ronald Marion. Max passed away on July 2, 1971.

Lorene was a homemaker, farmer, and combination truck drivers’ wife. She knew what it meant to take care of her family and also the farm chores. After Max passed away, she worked at the West Elementary School in Bloomfield as a kitchen and lunchroom worker, retiring in 1986. Lorene loved to travel, read books, watch funny television shows, and spend time with her family. She was a member of the Drakesville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three children, Donald (Janice) Simmons of Marshalltown, Iowa, Donna (Gary) Eaves of Drakesville, Ronald Simmons of Drakesville; four grandchildren, Julie Simmons of Ames, Iowa, Kathy Simmons of Urbana, Illinois, Brock (Jennifer) Simmons of Blakesburg, Iowa, Blake (Kaleigh) Simmons of Drakesville; four great-grandchildren, Douglas Pepe, Joshua (Angel) Pepe both of Ames, Iowa, Kobe Simmons of Drakesville, Jaxon Simmons of Blakesburg; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Fred, Charlie, and Paul Piper; sister, Irene Fisk; and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery in Drakesville, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 4-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Drakesville Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion and the Drakesville United Methodist Church.