Leola J. Simmons, 82, of Rock Island, died Thursday, January 9, 2020 at UnityPoint Health – Trinity, Rock Island. Funeral services will be 10:30 am Monday at the Knox Chapel of Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 2106 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 am Monday at the Knox Chapel. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made in care of the family.
Leola was born in Rock Island on October 2, 1937, a daughter of Raymond and Ada Rauch Mayfield. She married Malvern D. Simmons on October 1, 1966 in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1987.
Leola worked as a local bartender for 40 years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, Rock Island Moose Lodge 190 and the Rock Island V.F.W. 1303 where she ran the kitchen, bartended and served as past president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary. Leola enjoyed bowling, fishing and playing BINGO. She was excellent at crocheting. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and her cat, “Sammie.”
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Jamie (Mary Ann) Frey, Galesburg, Ill., Una Greene, Milan, Laura (John Matthew) Kaha, Rock Island, Katherine Wade, Rock Island, Edella “Sue” (John) Schoenberger, Dubuque, Iowa and David (Lynn) Simmons, Kent, Ohio; several grand and great-grandchildren; siblings, Larry (Janice) Butler, Port Byron, Sharon Tacker, East Moline, Wayne Butler, Fla., Elmer (Candice) Mayfield, Davenport and Raymond (Becky) Mayfield, Rock Island.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Nancy Sandige.
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