Shirley R. Simons

Shirley R. Simons, 87 of Jacksonville passed away Saturday November 10, 2018 at her residence.  Born November 4, 1931 in Chauncey, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Florence Crosser Russell.  She formerly worked as a cook in a Sorority House at Ohio University, a former member of the Jacksonville Council, and a volunteer for the Trimble Schools STARS program, currently known as Foster Grandparents.  She was an avid Trimble Tomcats fan, working at the gates for several years selling tickets and 50/50 chances.  

She is survived by two sons, Greg (Joan) Simons of Lancaster and Christopher (Helen) Simons of Jacksonville; two daughters, Georgia Simons of Jacksonville and Rose (Ronnie) Gamble of Hollywood, AL; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Russell of Chauncey; and a sister, Donna (Bill) Bobo of Millfield.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Simons; a grandson, Stephen Simons; two brothers, Glen and Kenneth Russell.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Liz Skinner for all of her care and help during Shirley’s illness.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at the Morrison Funeral Chapel, Glouster-Bishopville with John Wright officiating.  Interment will be in the Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Nelsonville.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Contributions can be made to Ohio Health Hospice, 444 West Union Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.  A comforting message may be sent to the family at

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