Jeanne Simmons

Jeanne Tillou Simmons

May 21, 1921 - December 14, 2020
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Jeanne Tillou Simmons, age 99, of Pine Bluff, died Monday, December 14, 2020.

Born May 21, 1921, in Elmira, New York, Jeanne was the only child of Dr. Donald Joseph Tillou and Ada Woodard Tillou. She graduated from Elmira High School in 1939 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Elmira College in 1945.

She married Dr. Calvin Simmons in Memphis, TN, on September 16, 1944. Dr. Simmons predeceased her on May 25, 2002.

A resident of Pine Bluff since 1952, Mrs. Simmons was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Pine Bluff, and a fifty-plus year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She served as office manager for Dr. Simmons medical practice for a number of years. She was affectionately called “Nana” and “Gaga” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed her Bridge Club and participating in outdoor activities such as water skiing, camping, fishing and family reunions.

Survivors include her children, daughter Jeanne Verlenden, son John Simmons (Della), son Donald Simmons (Mari); six grandchildren, John Verlenden, Ashley Simmons Perry and husband Robert, Andy Simmons, Taylor Simmons, Patrick Simmons, and Neil Simmons; and great-grandchildren, Knox Perry, Ada Grace Perry, Lucy Perry, and Annie Perry.

Due to Covid guidelines private family only funeral services will be held on January 9 at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff.

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR, 71603.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 |
    Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Grace Episcopal Church
    4101 South Hazel Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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    Private Family Service
  • Interment

    Grace Church Memorial Garden


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Yvonne Laehorn

Posted at 07:53pm
John and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.💐

John C. Simmons Posted at 11:59am

Thanks Yvonne , mother at peace now . God bless 🌞

roland getchell

Posted at 07:52pm
Jeanne I was so sorry to read about your mother. I thought so much of her she was a very sweet and kind lady. Butch

Leigh Ann Domon

Posted at 03:44am
I was so sorry to see this. When she taught me dance, I loved her...So many good memories! Prayer for His Peace and Grace for her family and friends.

Teri Bethge

Posted at 01:57pm
Oh, the memories I have of Jeanne!! We did opera seasons in Memphis, shopping in Little Rock, DAR State Conferences, and monthly lunch bunch. And I thought Mom and her friends would be so boring!! They wore me out!! RIP Jeanne!! I will miss you!! Teri Bethge

John C. Simmons Posted at 11:56am

Thanks for your kind words Teri , mother is at peace now 🌞

Pam Stone Ratliff

Posted at 11:59am
Simmons Family...Thoughts and prayers for you at this time. Mrs. Simmons' quiet and gentle disposition always made me feel good whether at her home while I was growing up or at church in later years. Pam Stone Ratliff

John C. Simmons Posted at 11:58am

Thanks for your kind words Pam , God bless 🌞

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