Shirley Ellen Simmons, 80, Overbrook: Feb. 6, 1937 – June 7, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Shirley Ellen Simmons, age 80, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan., with her daughter, Vicky, and son, Doc, by her side. She was born on Feb. 6, 1937, in Bear Creek, Mo., in Cedar County. She was the daughter of Dewey and Gladys King, of Stockton, Mo.

She was a graduate of Stockton High School, where she was named the outstanding girl athlete. Shirley thoroughly enjoyed athletics, square dancing, gardening, people, and spending time on her farm north of Overbrook. She was a huge Cardinal baseball fan, loved the KU Jayhawks, and supported her kids’ sports teams.

In 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to Ulen Simmons. They had a daughter, Vicky Simmons. They separated after a few years. Later Shirley married Charles Simmons and they had three sons, Eddy, Steve and Terry “Doc”, and a daughter, Mary Simmons. She eventually separated from him.

Raising her five kids remained the most important part of her life. Family, friends, and serving the community were Shirley’s passion and delight. Her greatest love was spending time with all her grandkids and attending their sports events.

In the late 50s, Shirley owned and operated the Corner Café in Stockton. She later lived in Iowa and Lawrence, Kan., where she worked at Boyd’s Grill and Hallmark. In 1962, she opened Shirley’s Café in Overbrook, a self- supporting and fantastic place to eat. Shirley became an iconic woman in Overbrook. She had great people skills and her constant joking with customers was almost as good as a “Shirley’s Special Hamburger.” Shirley sincerely loved people and enjoyed teasing them. She was an excellent cook and prepared home-cooked meals for her family and friends. Her staff consisted of her five children, grandchildren, and many local people, including high school students in Overbrook. She retired after 50 years.

Shirley has two surviving daughters, Vicky Jones and husband, Clint, of Stillwater, Okla., and Mary Simmons, Overbrook. She also has two surviving sons living in Overbrook, Eddy Simmons and wife, Nadine, and Terry “Doc” Simmons and wife, Sally. Granddaughters include Amy Goff and husband, Matt, of Paris, Tagney Walters and husband, Nick, Vermillion, S.D., Matley Jones, Delano, Minn., Brianna Brown, Topeka, Kan., and Keesha Simmons, Overbrook. Grandsons include Jason Simmons and wife, Kami, Lyndon, Kan., Jacob Simmons and wife, Kylee, Burlingame, Kan., Levi Spencer, of Minnesota, Dallas Jones and wife, Hannah, Aurora Colo., Montana Jones, Lincoln, Neb., and Blake Brown and wife, Kelcie, Overbrook. Great grandchildren include Logan and Jameson Goff, of Paris, Morgan Simmons, Topeka, Avary Simmons, Lyndon, Joselyn and Gracie Simmons, Burlingame, Barrett and Hadlee Brown, Overbrook, and Brinlieth and Brody Brown, Topek. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews in Texas, and a sister-in-law, Gloria King.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Gladys King, a brother, James King, and a son, Steve Simmons.

Shirley was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and a friend to all who knew her. She will be remembered for her kindness and sense of humor. She leaves behind many friends who came to love her. She was not only a friend to many but she cared for those who could not care for themselves. She will be deeply missed but fondly remain in the hearts and thoughts of her family and many friends forever.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 18, at the Overbrook City Library, Overbrook. Memorial contributions may be made to Overbrook Ball Association or the Overbrook Library, and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka KS 66608.


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