Marjiellyn Simmons, age 78, of 235 Walnut Street, Edinboro, PA died Monday, October 26, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA. Born in Mattoon, IL on June 19, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Helena Riggen Voigt. She married John Roger Simmons on March 8, 1953 and he survives.
Simmons, MarjiellynMarjiellyn will forever be remembered by her family as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her love and devotion to her family was obvious to all and was evidenced by her marriage of 56 years and her relationships with her husband, two sons, daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Marjiellyn considered her sons’ wives as daughters, not daughters-in-law, and held a very close, loving relationship with their families including Jacquelene and Don Paulson.
Marjiellyn was a loving homemaker. Her family loved her outstanding cooking and has many fond memories sharing her meals. After her sons were raised she spent many years working as a secretary. First, she worked in Girard at the Battles School, and after moving to Edinboro, began employment at Edinboro University in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department. She enjoyed her work there for many years until 1981, when her youngest son, Martin, opened his optometric practice in Erie. She worked alongside her son for the following 15 years until retiring in 1996. After retirement, Marjiellyn and John moved to Naples, FL to enjoy the sun before moving back to Edinboro earlier this year.
As her children and grandchildren’s biggest fan, Marjiellyn never missed any of their sporting events. She was an avid sports enthusiast and even spent wedding anniversaries with her husband at athletic events. Her knowledge of sports exceeded most serious sports enthusiasts. She also was an accomplished Bridge player and instructor.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was active in an organization of Edinboro University which welcomed new faculty members. Over the years, she attended the Girard and Edinboro Presbyterian Churches, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Edinboro. She participated in the choir in Girard and the Worship Committee in Edinboro.
Marjiellyn was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Vernon Voigt, John Voigt, and her twin brother, Frederick Voigt; as well as a sister-in-law, Betty Voigt.
Surviving family members who mourn her loss include her two sons, Frederick J. Simmons and his wife Diana S. of Gold River, CA, and Martin B. Simmons and his wife Sue A. of Edinboro; five grandchildren, Sara A. and Rebecca F. Simmons, and Grant M., Brette K., and Caroline M. Simmons; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Voigt of Mattoon, IL. Also surviving from Arlene’s family are Diane Barker, Verna Lee Jones and Donna Coffey, all from Mattoon, IL. Surviving from John Voigt’s family are his sons, Scott and John Voigt.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and may attend the funeral service there on Saturday at 11:00 am. Pastor Bill Cox of McLane Church will officiate. Burial will take place in the Edinboro Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the McLane Church Benevolence Fund, 12511 Edinboro Road, Edinboro, PA 16412.