April 20, 2014

Medina
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Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Simmons

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Simmons, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Monday, March 11, 2013. She was born March 23, 1937, to the late Albert and Dorothy (Clapp) Arters.

Family was the most important thing in Betty’s life and the 58 year marriage to her cherished husband, Harold, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are a testament to her boundless love and care.

Betty enjoyed being a member of the wonderful Granger United Methodist Church and Granger Community for almost 60 years, and faithfully served in more capacities than can be listed. She was instrumental in the planning and organization of the beautiful church library and influenced many with her life long love of books and reading. Piano and the bell choir gave her great joy and provided a lasting memory and model for her grandchildren and their own joy of music.

An avid sports enthusiast, Betty played golf, volleyball, and bowled for decades. However, her most notable sports accomplishment was the total commitment to attending every sporting event of all of her grandchildren. This created a bond and promoted a tie that each of them can carry through a lifetime.

A talented bridge player, Betty spent many hours playing with a variety of groups enjoying the camaraderie of many dear friends. Her unique gift of making every event a celebration of food, happiness, love, and life will be forever cherished. These loving memories are, and always will be, a living testament to a love that knows no time or boundaries.

Betty was the beloved wife of Harold; loving mother of Chet (Jan) Simmons, David (Mary) Simmons, and Kent (Margaret) Simmons; her adoring grandchildren include Jay (Katie) Simmons, Whitney (Zach) Harkavy, Quinn (Jamie) Behler, Mason Simmons, Matt O’Donnell, Maggie (Jerry) Pettry, Michael, Elizabeth, and John Simmons, and her two most recent devotees, Stella and Sloane Harkavy; she was the ever loved and mischievous sister to Jack, Bill, Bob (Loretta), Tom (Judy), and Zeke Arters, and Helen Streett, Mary Norton, Dorothy Jean Cutler; sister-in-law, Audrey Arters; and a large number of dearly loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Albert, Dick, and sister, Martha.

Family will receive their wonderful and caring friends at Waite and Sons in Medina, Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 P.M. and one hour prior to the Friday, March 15, 2013, 11 A.M. service at Granger United Methodist Church, 1235 Granger Rd., Medina, OH 44256, with Rev. Doug Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Granger-Fairview Cemetery but her spirit and love will forever be a part of all who knew and loved her well.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Granger UMC Memorial Fund at the address above.