Mary Ann Simmons Williams
On October 4, 1935, a beautiful baby girl was born to Elijah “Sun” Simmons, Sr. and Rosie Green Simmons, who they named Mary Ann Simmons. She was affectionately called “Doll Baby” and “Aunt Dot” by her family and friends.
Mary Ann attended Jerusalem Schools in Brazoria, Texas, and was a 1955 graduate of George Washington Carver High School in Sweeny, Texas. She played guard on the George Washington Carver High School Basketball Team and they won a State Championship.
At an early age, she accepted Christ and joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church, where she was Sunday School Secretary for many years. She later moved to Galveston and joined First Union Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor J. I. Jackson, Sr. and later Pastor James A. Wrenn, where she served as Vice-President of the Usher Board. After her retirement, she returned to her home church which she loved so dearly, Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor E. S. Fields. She served as President of the Adult Usher Board. She was proud of her role and took her duties very seriously. She became Matron for the Jr. Ushers, and a mentor to the younger ushers to ensure that the duties were carried out in an orderly and proper manner. She was also a Youth Sunday School Teacher, Youth Vacation Bible School Teacher, and a member of the JBC Prayer Warriors. She remained a faithful member of JBC under the leadership of Pastor Darrell James, Sr. and was in attendance until her health failed.
She moved to Galveston in 1960 and begin working for UTMB Hospitals and retired in 1995 after 35 years in the Medicine Clinic Nursing Department. She was a member of Eastern Star Galveston Oleander Chapter #278.
Her favorites were playing dominoes, cards, going to the casino, fishing, spending time with her family, especially her daughter and grandchildren, and having birthday parties. She was a devoted Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. She instilled in her family the importance of loving one another and maintaining a close family bond.
On March 21, 2020, at the age of 84 years, 5 months, and 17 days, she made her transition from this earth. Awaiting her in heaven is her parents, Elijah and Rosie Simmons; brothers, Elijah “Dune” Simmons, Jr., Richard “Sonny Boy” Simmons, David “Hunk” Simmons, Shedred “Maine” Simmons, Sr., Phillip Simmons, Sr., and Roman Simmons; sisters, Mariah Grice, Endia Williams, and Eva Mae Holmes; and grandparents, Ed and Mariah Bonner Simmons.
She leaves to cherish her fond and great memories, her precious daughter, Marian Lynn Smith (Richard) of Angleton, TX; grandsons, Damonric Smith and Cedric Smith of Angleton, TX; Senior Master Sgt. Isharay Jones, Sr. (Taisha) of Crestview, FL, and Lance Thompson (Shell) of Clute, TX; granddaughter, Ekira Jones of Angleton, TX; six great-grandchildren, Anthony, Isharay Jr., Nyleen, LaNyia, Aryani and Nycalyn; sister-in-law, Phyllis Simmons of Sweeny, TX; a devoted nephew, Raymond Simmons, Sr. (Judie) of Angleton, TX, cousin, Naomi Jackson (James) of Galveston, TX; special friends, Melvin Campbell and Dorothy Cunningham of Galveston, TX, Gussie Louise Crear of La Marque, TX, Janice O’Guin of Pearland, TX, and Darnell Mack of Angleton, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Active Pallbearers are Damonric Smith, Cedric Smith, Isharay “Jay” Jones, Jr., Robert Simmons, Phillip Simmons, Jr. and Anthony Jammer, Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Smith, Raymond Simmons, Sr., Isharay Jones, Sr., Melvin Campbell, Darnell Mack, Sr., James Holmes, Lance Thompson and Lowell Turner.
Visitation will be Friday, March 27, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dixon Funeral in Angleton. She will be laid to rest at Jerusalem Cemetery in Brazoria, TX.
Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home of Angleton (979) 849-8800.
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