December 20, 1926 - June 19, 2019

12/20/1926 - 06/19/2019

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Saturday June 29, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – Lillian Francis Archer Simmons, age 92, formerly of Winton, NC, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Queen Creek, AZ.

Mrs. Simmons was born in Winton, NC, on December 20, 1926, a daughter of the late Frank Benjamin and Jennie Brown Archer. Lillian worked as a salesperson in catalog retail sales. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Lillian enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, planting flowers, fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her sisters. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Besides her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her loving husband, Sheldon Simmons, a daughter, Jennifer Eason, and three sisters; Celestine Archer Mitchell, Susan Archer Pierce, and Dorothy Archer Drew.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Shelley Gandara and husband, Manuel of Queen Creek, AZ, and Linda Sundheim of Mesa, AZ; a son, Tracy Simmons of Littleton, CO; seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mrs. Simmons will be laid out for viewing on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

The family, and any friends that wish to do so, will gather for a brief burial service at Winton First Baptist Church Cemetery on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:00 am.

The family will meet at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service at 9:30 am on Tuesday to proceed to the cemetery in procession.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Simmons family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Andre Austin
4 years ago

This expression of sympathy comes with love. May God comfort you in His everlasting arms. May His peace fill you. May His promise of eternal life sustain you. Because Christ lives we shall live also.