Shirley Smith Simons

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August 07, 2011 1:50 am  • 

Shirley Smith Simons

1928 ~ 2011

Shirley Smith Simons, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on August 2, 2011 surrounded by her family at the age of 83. The youngest of seven children, she was born July 29, 1928 in Salt Lake City to Isaac Homer Smith and Elizabeth Call Smith. Shirley married Jay S. Simons on November 6, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Shirley was a professional homemaker. She loved and took pride in her family and home. Her husband had a favorite saying, "Whenever I go out to eat, I always get second best to what I get at home."

Her passions beside her family were preserving her pioneer heritage In Historic Chesterfield, gardening and home improvement. She was a master craftsman at home remodeling and restoration. In spite of lifelong health challenges, her energy and determination were unmatched. Whatever the task, she was committed to completing it with hard work and excellence.

She loved the Gospel and was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She lived by the scripture, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Shirley's great desire was to follow in the footsteps of and honor her pioneer ancestors, sixteen of whom crossed the plains to Salt Lake City. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

She served a full-time mission with her husband in Eastern Canada. She and her husband also served performing historic restoration as missionaries in the Chesterfield, Idaho Historic Restoration Mission for twelve years. Chesterfield is perhaps the last intact Mormon Pioneer village along the Oregon Trail.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jay S. Simons; daughter Lynda Ogden (Bruce); son Alan J. Simons, Sr. (Yoli); son F. Michael Simons (Tomoko); and daughter Cheryl Allred (Steven); two brothers, Willard Call Smith (Eileen), sister-in-law Doris Smith, and Gerald Call Smith (Beverly), 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Homer Smith and Elizabeth Call Smith, her sisters Grace Irvine and Maurine Smith Smart and brothers Homer Call Smith and Loren Call Smith.

She wore out her life in well-doing.

Viewing on Sunday, August 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Berg Mortuary's Provo Chapel located at 185 East Center, Provo, Utah.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 8th in the Pleasant View 4th Ward chapel located at 2900 N. Timpview Drive (650 E), Provo, Utah at 1:00 PM (viewing 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.)

Viewing on Tuesday, August 9th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Chesterfield Ward Chapel, 1001 Stalker Road, Chesterfield, Idaho. Internment to follow at the Chesterfield Cemetery at the Historic Chesterfield Townsite.

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