February 23, 1930 - March 5, 2018
Sharon Louise Penwright Simmons, daughter of Thomas Earl and Loretta (Whiteacre) Penwright, was born in 1930 on a small acreage near El Reno. She graduated with honors from High School in 1948 and attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. Sharon married James Elwood Simmons in the ElReno First Christian Church on August 24, 1951. She served as Deacon in the First Christian Church in Omaha, NE and after retiring, were active members in ElReno. They were also active in the Canadian County Democratic Party and Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association. After assisting Elwood through graduate school, Sharon backed mother-in-law Lucille Simmons to finish graduate school. She also supported the family while Elwood completed a doctorate of education. Sharon lead a Mother to Mother program connecting inner city to suburban mothers and helped start a day care program to support working mothers. Sharon was also known for music and played piano and organ for churches delighting family and friends with swing tunes like Boogie Woogie and Elwood’s favorite; Gershwin RIB. Sharon worked as a mother, executive secretary, program assistant, and Investments Counselor. Sharon fought hard to stay present in 1995 as she began to experience the Alzheimer’s disease. To her credit, she never lost her steady demeanor and caring smile. Her chuckle easily created a good feeling with those around her. Survivors include daughters Dr. Sharonelle Simmons Phoenix, Arizona and Cheryl Simmons and wife Donna Beggs Ft. Worth, TX. Grandchildren: Jaman Cerutti and Joya Cerutti both of Phoenix and Jennifer and husband Will Root and Step-Great Grandson Grayson Root of Troy, Idaho and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and extended families. Services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, March 10, 2018 in the First Christian Church. Mrs. Tara Dew will officiate. Interment will be in the El Reno Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home. Memorials may be donated to Russell Murray Hospice (El Reno) or the El Reno First Christian Church.
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