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Obituary: SIMMONS, MAURINE

Published: Thursday, Oct. 23 2014 2:16 a.m. MDT

Maurine Robinson Simmons1914 ~ 2011Maurine Robinson Simmons, 97, passed away October 9, 2011 surrounded by her loved ones at the home of her daughter, Deanne. The oldest of ten children, she was born February 22, 1914 in Oakley, Idaho to Loren J. and Rosetta B. Robinson. In high school she excelled as Student Body Secretary and Valedictorian. On November 27, 1937 she married the love of her life, Raymond E. Simmons, in the Salt Lake Temple, and they were blessed with four children.An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Maurine endured to the end with steadfast faith in the Savior and a strong testimony. She particularly loved her calling in the Relief Society presidency with Barbara B. Smith and Phyllis Duncan, and her service in the Stake Primary presidency.Maurine was politically astute, an avid reader, and physically active; she went to aerobics three times a week into her 97th year. She was particularly known for her expertise and love of fine children's literature. She became a charter member of a children's literature group, which she led into her 96th year. Her love of children's literature became her passion, and throughout the years she gave thousands of choice books to family and neighbors.Words cannot describe the impact Maurine has had on the lives of those she has touched throughout her life. She was without guile and a true example of Christ-like love and selfless service to her family and friends. She is survived by three of her children, Deanne S. Evans (Steve), Paul T. Simmons (Barbara), Bonnie S. Curley (Tom), daughter-in-law, Lynn S. Bailey, eighteen grandchildren, and forty-nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, Ray, son, John L. Simmons, Jr., brothers, Merrill B. Robinson, George B. Robinson, and sister, Arva R. Lovell.Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 20 at 11:00 AM in the Edgehill Ward (1750 South 1500 East). Friends may visit at the Edgehill Ward October 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and before the funeral, October 20, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Messages and tributes to the family can be posted at: www.holbrookmortuary.com