Betty Louise Simmons
Betty Louise Simmons
  • May 3, 1932 - October 24, 2017
  • Raytown, Missouri

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Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25-26, KJV)

Betty Louise Simmons (nee Poole) died peacefully at the age of 85, on October 24, 2017 in Raytown, Missouri ,after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease i5.

She was born on May 3, 1932 in Lebanon, MO, the elder daughter of Ralph Edward Poole, D.C., and Anna Golden Poole (nee Huntley). She graduated from Northeast Senior High School in Kansas City, MO in 1948. More than 30 years later, each of her five children would go on to graduate there as well. In those days, young women could train as secretaries and bookkeepers during high school. Betty chose the latter path and was quickly employed in Kansas City’s legendary garment district as a bookkeeper and seamstress, having long-been an expert neadle-woman (sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, smocking, tatting).. She capably made most of her own clothes and those of her daughters, including annual Easter dresses with matching lined coats. Her crowning achievement was making her only niece’s wedding gown.

She was a member of Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), but service to the greater community was through the Order of the Eastern Star, East Gate Chapter 367. She quickly rose through the ranks of leadership to become Worthy Matron her chapter. She was subsequently appointed as District Deputy Grand Matron. She went to hold statewide office, first as Grand Representative to Rhode Island and later as Grand Marshal. She became a 50 year member of the OES last December, and event that brought her much joy and pride.

She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her younger sister Ruth Grant of Independence, MO and by her five children: Kevin Ralph Poole of Grandview, MO, Jane Ann Adair of Tampa, FL, Cheryl Ruth Pelter of Kansas City, MO, Betty Kay Kelly of Blue Springs, MO, and Aaron Noel Simmons of Grove, OK. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Her funeral is scheduled for 11:00 am on November 4 at White Chapel Cemetery, Gladstone, MO. All are welcome. Her ashes will be interred in her father’s grave there. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at The family expresses deep gratitude for the extraordinary care given by the nursing staff and caregivers of Summitview Terrace, Westridge Gardens Nursing Home and Asanna Hospice.