The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 7, 2013

Betty Simmons

Betty (Evers) Simmons

Feb. 18, 1925 - May 5, 2013

CLINTON — Betty (Evers) Simmons passed on May 5th, 2013 at the Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

Betty was born on February 18th, 1925, the third of seven children of Johanas “Jack” and Hazel (Lee) Evers of Low Moor, Iowa.

Betty enjoyed a happy and active childhood. Her family was in farming and cattle, owned Maple Grove Dairy, and co-owned the Low Moor stockyards. She spent many happy hours accompanying her father to the farms and riding her horse.

Betty grew up in Clinton County, a 1943 graduate of Clinton High School. After graduation, she performed clerical work for Pillsbury Mills, Agri-King and Schick General Hospital.

Betty married Dr. Robert C. Simmons and she was soon involved in raising three active children. She was a second mother to many of the children’s friends. The house was always a welcome place for the neighborhood kids who were amazed by her yodeling talent.

Her Clinton community activities included the First United Presbyterian Church, Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Tri-S Women’s Club and Agatha Circle. She served on many boards and committees.

In later years, Betty returned to the business world as manager of Simmons Fine Jewelry and Giftware. Later, she was co-owner of the three Unicorn boutiques and tea rooms located in Mt. Carroll IL, Freeport IL, and Clinton, Iowa.

Upon her husband’s retirement, Betty traded the business world for one of adventure and travel. They visited six continents, including a 44 day Around the World tour. Many of their most enjoyable retirement years were spent as “snow birds” in the Palm Desert, CA area.

Betty became active in PEO Chapters HV (President) and JW, Meals on Wheels, Alpha Delphian Literary Society and was a fifty-year member of the Clinton Country Club Auxiliary (President). She loved to play golf, bridge and was an avid Hawkeye fan.

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