Dorothy Ilene Simmons…January 20, 1931 – May 24, 2014

Dorothy Simmons


Funeral services for Dorothy Ilene Simmons of Las Animas will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Las Animas.  Burial will be in the Simla Cemetary at 4 p.m. Thursday.  Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Horber Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Simmons died May 24, 2014, in Las Animas.  She was born January 20, 1931, in Trinidad to Warren and Edith (Heath) Beaman.  She was united in marriage to Richard Walter Simmons on January 1, 1948, in Raton New Mexico.

In their early married years Dorothy and Dick traveled throughout Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma where Dick worked with Fori Constuction Co. installing power lines.  In the early 1950’s they purchased a ranch east of Calhan where they lived until 1973 when they purchased a ranch at Higbee, south of La Junta.  The last 7 years she resided at the Nursing Home and Prairie View Village in Las Animas where she made many special friends.

She was first and foremost a wife to Dick and mother to her five sons and daughter, raising her children over a span of 38 years.  Dorothy enjoyed hunting for Indian artifacts, spending countless days scouring the hills near her home at Higbee.  Bowling in various leagues, bingo, fishing, scrap booking and shopping were all close to her heart.  She was also a 4-H sewing leader.

Once her children were raised she worked at a variety of jobs to help out.  She worked on sale days for over twenty years for the Honey family at La Junta Livestock.  She also worked at Flair’s Ceramic Shop and briefly owned her own shop in Rocky Ford.  She enjoyed her time sewing Barbie Doll clothes and children’s clothes for Kate Shore originals.

She is survived by her five sons; Rich Simmons and wife, Joanna of La Junta, Jerry Simmons and wife, Cindy of Friona, Texas, Chuck Simmons and wife, Sonya of Rocky Ford, Bryan Simmons and wife, Janet of Las Animas and Scott Simmons and wife, Lisa of Roggen; daughter, Kathy Blasingame and husband, Tommy of Ramah; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers and one sister.

Memorials can be made to the Las Animas / Bent County Nursing Home.

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