Lillie M. Mast Simmons, 79, of Millcreek Twp., PA, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at St. Vincent Health Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hartly, DE on Aug. 8, 1933, daughter of the late Clarence and Sylvia Byler Mast.
She served as a nurses’ aid at Kent General Hospital in Dover, DE and then obtained her LPN degree. She received her BS Degree in Nursing at the University of Delaware and became an RN. She attended Western Reserve University and obtained an MS in Nursing. She taught with the nursing faculty at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA and practiced nursing for many years at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, before retiring.
Lillie was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church and the local garden club. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, gardening and learned the Hebrew language.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, John D. Simmons, Sr.; seven stepchildren, Al and Marie Detter of Millcreek, Danielle Smith (Peter) of Austin, TX, Renee Hughes (Dwight) of IN, Dan Simmons of IN, Lisa Fain of Austin, TX, Joyce Halteman (Glenn) of Schwenksville, PA; many step-grandchildren; one sister, Irene Kauffman (Herman) of Greenwood, DE; four brothers, John Mast (Lois) of Lederach, William Mast (Carolyn) of Broken Arrow, OK, Clarence Mast, Jr. (Marie) of Tunkhannock, Robert Mast of Greenwood, DE, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred S. Detter; one sister, Lydia Mast and two brothers; Lawrence and Daniel Mast.
Friends called at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at Walnut Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m.
A service will also be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Mehoopany Baptist Church Community Center, Rt. 87, Mehoopany, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at the North Flat Cemetery near Laceyville at noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Creek Baptist Church, 6015 West Ridge Rd., Erie, PA 16506.