Mrs. Gloria V. Simmons

  • Born: September 29, 1923
  • Died: January 19, 2013
  • Location: Arlington, Virginia

Everly Community Funeral Care

6161 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
Tel. (703) 532-5161

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gloria "Shortie" Marcella Van Deventer Simmons, 89, of Arlington, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013. She was born September 29, 1923 to the late Billy Van Deventer and Mabel Hill Huss in Mexico, Missouri.
She leaves her beloved husband of 68 years, Col. Robert L. Simmons USMC (Ret.), married October 28, 1944 in Chicago. She also leaves behind daughter Jill (John) Graff, grandchildren Laura (Beth) Short and Chris (Emily) Graff, and great-grandson Arthur Graff.
She is preceded in death by her son, Brook Simmons.
Shortie grew up in Mexico, Missouri, where, as a sixth grader, she met her future husband. She followed Bob for 32 years throughout the Marine Corps world, with time spent in North Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, Japan, California, and Kansas. She was the founding member of the Marine Corps Gift Shop in Quantico and was active with the Marine Corps Aviation Wives.
Shortie was an enthusiastic member and pillar of the First Christian Church of Falls Church community for 50 years. She laughed and danced throughout life. She always spoke her mind. She was the spark that lit up the world around her, and the glue that held family and friends together.
A celebration of her life will be held at First Christian Church of Falls Church (Disciples of Christ) on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1 PM. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Falls Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

Condolence & Memory Journal

I have too many memories to write them all down.
All I can say is that I was blessed to experience the fun and the humor of Gloria, The Colonel and all the members of the Simmons Family.
I was a very close friend of her son - Brook, and always felt like I was part of the family.
-Love to all, Craig Smith

Posted by Craig Smith - Kendall, NY - Friend   June 24, 2016