The Duncan Banner


June 11, 2013

Mary E. Simmons

April 29, 1935 — June 10, 2013


Funeral services for Mary E. Simmons, 78, of Duncan, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel in Walters. Gentry Castleman will be officiating with burial in the Walters Cemetery. 

Visitation at Hart-Wyatt, is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Simmons was born to Alvin Monroe and Anna Mae (Morton) Williams on April 29, 1935 at Waurika, and departed this life at her home in Duncan, after losing her fight with breast cancer, Monday, June 10, 2013, at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 12 days. 

Mary grew up attending Liberty Grade School and Comanche High School. 

She married her high school sweetheart, Franklin D. Simmons, on Sunday, May 20, 1951 following Franklin’s high school baccalaureate assembly. Through the years she worked at the American Legion building as a waitress for various civic organization lunches before being employed by Security National Bank in the proof department, eventually becoming supervisor. She later owned and operated Mary’s Playhouse (a ceramic shop) and worked for the Stephens County Election Board. 

She enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, crocheting, quilting, as well as painting and creating as she worked with her ceramics. She and Franklin enjoyed riding with various groups in the covered wagon he had built and they participated in the Oklahoma Land Run Celebration, driving the mules and wagon from Kansas to Guthrie.

She was preceded in death by her husband Franklin, and her parents, Alvin M. and Anna Mae Williams. 

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Dianna Simmons of Marlow; two grandsons, Keenon Davis and wife Amanda of Fletcher, and Cole R. Davis of Austin, Texas; a great-grandson, Brennon Davis of Fletcher; two sisters, Margie Franklin of Nashville, Ark., and Clara McAlister of Comanche; a brother, John F. Williams of Duncan; and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Aspire Hospice Memorial Fund, 121 S. Broadway, Marlow, OK 73055 or to the Cancer Center-Southwest, OK, 2110 Duncan Regional Loop, Duncan, OK 73533.  

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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