Joan Marjorie Simmons passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the age of 78.
Joan was born on April 14, 1932 in Middle River, Minnesota to Tony and Julia (Venaas) Gullikson. She grew up there, graduating from high school in 1951. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church. She was married to Richard Simmons on March 11, 1953.
Joan worked as a teacher’s aide, nurse’s aide, election judge and helped take the 70, 80 and 90 Census. Joan’s heart was in volunteering. She loved to give of herself, especially to those who were in need. She bought numerous baby items for church layettes. She would bring her children with her as she delivered food to families at Christmas time teaching those children her volunteer values. She also volunteered as 4-H leader, Cub Scout Leader, Sunday school teacher and several other church activities. In Princeton, Minnesota, where as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she led Friday night Bingo with many of her children in tow helping with setup. As a cancer survivor, she served several years as the Daffodil Chairperson for Roseau County. Joan was a champion for the underdog and that is how she will be remembered.
She is survived by her children, Roberta(Kerby) Eidsmoe of Salol, Keith of Roseau, Patrick of Minneapolis, Elizabeth(Brian) Daniels of Faribault, Anthony of St. Paul, and Timothy(Maria Goded) of Madrid(Spain); 15 grandchildren, Tobey, Shantel, Javen, Kody, Leif, Dirk, Martin, Jindallay, Casey, Jeremiah, Richard, Adam, Nicolas, Lucas, and Matthew; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy(Roy) Bednarek of Oakdale, and Judith(Edward) Johnson of Karlstad, brother-in-law Roger Simmons of Bloomington, sisters-in-law Betty Larson of Stillwater and Gloria Swanson of Warroad and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard in 1999, sister Phyllis Abrahamson and dear friend Christine Danielson.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 16th at 2 PM at Moe Lutheran Church in Roseau. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Hope Cemetery.