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Virginia D. Simmons

Virginia D. Simmons, age 81 of New Underwood, SD, died January 14, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Services were held on Saturday, January 17, at the Prairie Baptist Church in New Underwood, with Pastor Jim Harbert and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Music was provided by Marti Aus, pianist, and Alma Crosbie and Alice Richter, vocalists. Ushers were Doug Gimpel and Tom Watson. Pallbearers were Virginia's grandsons, Randy Hauck, Brett, Adam and Eric Szymonski, Boe and Kyle Simmons, Seth and Sid Geigle and Josh and Seth Raue.

Interment was at the New Underwood Cemetery.

Virginia Delaine Watson was born January 11, 1928, at home on the family farm in Milltown, SD, the daughter of George Otto and Clara Alice (Shearer) Watson. Virginia attended country school at Milltown. As a child she entertained others at school and community functions by tap dancing. She also loved to ice skate on the James River.

When she was 17, she married her childhood neighbor and sweetheart, Joseph Donald Simmons, and to this union six children were born, Gale, Randy, Alana, Bruce, Lorrie and Joey. While her husband was in the Army serving in Korea, Virginia worked as a nanny in Mitchell. She and Don ranched together most of their married life east of Viewfield. She would help in the fields, milk cows, and raised a big garden. She somehow found time to bake every day so that her kids had fresh goodies when they got home from school. Throughout the years, they were also loving parents to several foster children. Virginia loved to design and sew Barbie doll clothes. Her favorite pastime was reading. She was very adamant about eating healthy foods, exercising, and her spiritual beliefs. She always dreamed of becoming a nurse.

In October 1997, they moved into New Underwood. Her husband preceded her in death on December 27, 1997. On August 17, 2004, Virginia moved into the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood, where she has since resided.

Survivors include her children, Gale Christensen and her husband, Kevin, of Sparks, NV, Alana Szymonski and her husband, Jim, of New Underwood, Bruce Simmons and his wife, Rose, of Box Elder, Lorrie Geigle and her husband, Darwin, of Wall, and Joe Simmons and his wife, Kristi, of New Underwood; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Stainbrook and her husband, Bill, of Mitchell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Joseph Donald, Virginia was preceded in death by a son, Randy; one great-grandson, Jacob Szymonski; her parents; two sisters, Georgiabelle and Hilma; and one brother, Theodore Dale.

A memorial has been established to the Don and Virginia Simmons Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com