Corenne            Simmons

ERIE — Corenne Simmons, 98, a longtime Erie resident, died at 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul, where she entered April 2. For several years she had resided at the Guest Home Estates in Erie.

She was born Jan. 14, 1921, at Galesburg to Ralph J. and Dica (Brooke) Magner. She attended schools in Galesburg, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1939. She attended Parsons Business College and was employed at the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Erie before her marriage.

On April 18, 1941, she married Herman C. Simmons at Valley Falls. An uncle, Fred Clark, performed the ceremony. The couple lived in Erie after their marriage and Herman preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1995.

Corenne was a member of the First Christian Church in Erie, the Southeast Kansas Bottle and Relic Club and the former Lively Learners unit. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and reading. She had worked as a Stanley Home Products dealer.

Survivors include four sons, Larry Simmons (Beverly) of Erie, Kenneth Simmons (Paula) of Piedmont, Missouri, Gene Simmons of Surprise, Arizona, and Stanley Simmons (Francie) of Topeka; six grandchildren, Laurie Mendon (Todd) of Kansas City, Missouri, Shelly Hamilton (John) of Eudora, Michael Simmons (Nikki) of Topeka, Todd Simmons (Megan) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Christian Simmons of Chanute and Kenneth Lee Simmons of Anchorage, Alaska; eight great-grandchildren, Erinn Fischer (Shine) of Miami, Florida, Ryan Mendon of Vail, Colorado, Jacob Simmons of Topeka, Leo Simmons and Harper Simmons of Fort Collins, Colorado, Alissa Hamilton of Lawrence, Brynn Griffin (Chad) of Hockley, Texas, and Clay Hamilton (Nikki) of Lawrence; four great-great-grandchildren, Rhett Griffin of Hockley, Texas, Oakley Fischer of Miami, Florida, Rylan Hamilton and Gentry Hamilton of Lawrence; and a sister, Adalyn Indihar of Milpitas, California.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerald Magner; and a sister, Estel Ann Mudd.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Erie with the Rev. Michael Haggard officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church of Erie. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS, 66733.

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